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 and Satay by the Bay.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia