Red-crested Pochard
Rhodonessa rufina

Full Species (monotypic); i.e. no subspecies/races

Okhla, Delhi, India on 11th Dec, 2005.
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The Red-crested Pochard arrives rather late in the season, probably not much before the end of November, but is then common enough on all large jhils, generally in parties of a dozen or so, though sometimes in vast flock. One morning in December I came across countless numbers on a jhil in the Fyzabad district, closely packed, and covering nearly the whole surface of the water, with their red heads moving independently, while the breeze kept their crests in motion; a distant spectator might have mistaken them for a vast expanse of beautiful aquatic flowers.

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