Aythya baeri   (Radde,  1863) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Image copyrights: Jan Harteman

Size: 46 cm.

Voice: Silent.

Habits: Generally shy, usually found in pairs or small flocks, feeds by diving.

Male: Similar to Ferruginous Pochard but head and neck black glossed with green, iris golden yellow, small white spot on chin, breast rich rufous-chestnut, flanks duller chestnut-brown, upperparts dark brown, undertail-coverts white. Male (eclipse): Like female but with unglossed head and neck and white iris. Female: Head, breast and upperparts dark brown, pale brown oval patch at the base of bill, iris and flanks brown, belly white. Young (immature). Like female, but browner.

Synonym (s)
Anas baeri (Radde, 1863)

Common Name (s)
• Baer's Pochard (English)
• Bada bhuti hans (Bengali)
• Bor kali muri
• Eastern White-eye (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Threats are poorly understood, but hunting and wetland destruction in its breeding and wintering grounds are probably the reasons for its decline.)

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Aquatic plants and seeds.
IUCN Status:  Endangered



Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Animal Photo Album Available at - http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/
  • Harteman Wildfowl Available at - http://www.harteman.nl/
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%203%20(1).pdf
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%206%20(1).pdf
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at - http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/BUCEROS%208%20(1).pdf
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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