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Rhodonessa caryophyllacea Latham, 1790:866

Pink-headed duck, Gulab-sir (Hindi)

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Anas caryophyllacea Latham, 1790:866; Netta caryophyllacea Latham, 1790:866

 

Conservation Status

Extinct

Last record: 1930's in the wild (1935?); c.1945 in captivity

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered

 

A last recorded date in the wild of 1949 is often given (e.g. Tordoff et al. 2008). However, no information can be found regarding exactly who may have made this sighting, nor under which circumstances, or exactly where the sighting was made. It is simply asserted, and no reason is given why we should prefer this date as opposed to the many others proposed both before and since. Sporadic reports of the species continue to be made up until the present, several of which have been made by knowledgeable ornithologists.

 

Distribution

Bangadesh, India, Myanmar & Nepal

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

1 specimen is in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University:

Ornithology 76182 (male)

 

1 specimen is in the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden:

RMNH 110.082 (male)

 

1 specimen is in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh:

Z.1876.48.378 (male)

 

3 specimens are in the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven:

YPM ORN 042022 (male)

YPM ORN 042023 (female)

YPM ORN 097867 (male)

 

Media

 

 

 

References

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