INDIAN SPOT-BILLED DUCK Anas poecilorhyncha

Another obvious Mallard, common and widespread in south-east Asia. Formerly lumped with the next species as Spotbill, the nominate race is resident from Pakistan throughout the Indian subcontinent, although rare in Sri Lanka. There is limited dispersal in the rainy season, less so in the more eastern subspecies haringtoni. This race has a less marked red spot at the base of the bill and is somewhat smaller, found in Myanmar and eastern Assam north to Yunnan, China and east to Laos. I have only photographed the former Chinese Spotbill in the wild.

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