Cotton Pygmy Goose

Scientific Name: Nettapus coromandelianus
Alternative Name: Cotton Teal, Indian Pygmy-Goose
Malay Name: Belebas Kapas
Chinese Name: 棉凫 (mián fú)

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

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 non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Most old sightings were from the restricted Poyan Reservoir. Recent sightings were from Kranji Marsh, MacRitchie Reservoir , Satay by the Bay, Lorong Halus and Bishan-AMK Park.


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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia