Pink-headed duck

Extinct in 1950

Pink-headed duck in LOST ZOO

    Pink-headed duck

    Pink-headed ducks were found in the swamps and small pools along the Ganges and south along the coast to the vicinity of Madras.

    Pink-headed duck

    Characteristic are the long, very thin and rose-pink colored neck, the pink bill and the orange eyes.

    Pink-headed duck

    Their nests are built in the center of tufts of tall grass, generally near to the water.

    Pink-headed duck

    There were only a few imports of the Pink-headed duck to Europe and one import to the US at the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th century.

    Pink-headed duck

    The Pink-headed ducks are seldom seen except by chance, although they are most colorful duck in India.

    Body length: 35 cm, with a tail of 10,6-13,1 cm; wings 25-28 cm

    Body weight: 793-1.360 g, depending on the season (before and after breeding season)

    Nest: Round, 23 cm in diameter, 10-13 cm deep with walls of 7-10 cm.

    Eggs: Nearly spherical, dull white with ivory tinge; in average 4.4x4.1 cm, but also almost round 4.3x4.2 cm

    Habitat: Partial to swamps and small ponds surrounded by tall grass and bushes.

    Extinction: Last wild specimen was shot in 1935, definitely extinct since the 1950ies. Overhunting and destruction of the habitat caused the extinction of the Pink-headed duck.

    Schomburgk’s Deer