Spot-billed Duck
(Anas Poecilorhyncha)

Appearance - The Spot-billed Duck has a light-grey-brown head and neck with a dark blackish crown and eye-stripe, breast and underparts are pale buff or whitish with brown spots, the back, rump and upper-tail are blackish-brown, wings are whitish with black feathers below with a white-bordered green speculum above and white tertials. The beak is black and tipped with bright yellow and there is a red spot at the base of the beak. Legs and feet are a yellow-orange colour. Both sexes look similar. The Eastern or Chinese Spot-billed Duck lacks the red spot at the base of the beak and has a darker browner plumage (similar to a Pacific Black Duck) and has a blue speculum.

Notes - The Spot-billed Duck is a dabbling duck, and is sometimes just called the Spotbill. There are three sub-species of this duck: Indian Spot-billed Duck (Anas Poecilorhyncha Poecilorhyncha), Eastern or Chinese Spot-billed Duck (Anas Poecilorhyncha Zonorhyncha), and the Burmese Spot-billed Duck (Anas Poecilorhyncha Haringtoni).

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