Cotton Pygmy Goose

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Scientific Name: Nettapus coromandelianus

Malay Name: Belebas Kapas

Chinese Name: 棉凫

Alternative Name(s): Cotton Teal, Indian Pygmy-Goose

Range: Found from Indian subcontinent, Southern China, mainland Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia to Northern Australia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: coromandelianus, albipennis.

Local Subspecies: coromandelianus

Size: 33-38 cm

Identification: Male has blackish cap, white head-sides/neck and underparts, grey-washed flanks, glossed green upperparts and blackish collar. Non-breeding male has more greyish head-sides and flanks, a thick eyestripe and no obvious collar. Female and juvenile resemble non-breeding male but has duller/browner plumage.

Habitat: Marshes and other suitable freshwater wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages for seeds, grass and aquatic plants and will also take insects.

Local Status: Rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Nettapus coromandelianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.