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?Pink-headed Duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea  
?Pink-headed Duck
Photographer : © uncertain, possibly Salim Ali
Location :Alfred Ezra's Waterfowl Collection, England
Date : November 1929
English synonyms:Pink-necked Duck
Bird Family :Anatini - Typical Ducks
Bird Group :ANSERIFORMES
Red Data Status :Critically Endangered
Remarks :As far as is known the last captive Pink-headed Duck survived until at least 1948 in Calcutta.

This black-and-white photograph was coloured for Frank Todd's book "Natural History of the Waterfowl"(1996) Ibis Publishing: California. Many thanks to Dr Arun Kumar and Dr Frank Todd for assistance with this photograph and permission to reproduce it. [Source: Kumar, et.al. (2005)-Handbook on Indian Wetland Birds and Their Conservation; Pp xxvi+ 468].

The photograph was taken "in 1929 at Foxwarren Park Cobham, England in the collection of Alfred Ezra and shows all ten live Pink-headed Ducks shortly after their arrival from Sir David Ezra in Calcutta".
Ref: Julian P. Hume (2017) A high price to pay: new light on the extinction of the Pink-headed Duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea. Forktail 33: 56-63

Taxonomic Notes :Presumed extinct.
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