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Asia
Rhodonessa caryophyllacea * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Prashant Bhandari (Nepal)
Region : Eastern India, Bangladesh and northern Myanmar
Status : Critically Endangered
Introduction
Pink-headed duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea) is a bird that inhabits swamps which has been listed as critically endangered, some even say it has been extinct as it hasn’t been sighted for a long time. It is shy in nature and inhabits secretively secluded swamps in lowland forest. It extends about 60 cm in length and is a beautiful bird having a long pink neck and head female have pale grayish-pink head. Juvenile reportedly has browner body Its decline has been believed to be due to habitat loss which resulted from human interference, hunting, egg collection. While the species was hunted historically, the role that this has played in its decline remains uncertain (J. Eames in litt. 2007, Tordoff et al. 2008).

The invasive alien species water hyacinthEichhornia crassipes may have contributed to its decline by altering wetland habitats to the detriment of this species (J. Eamesin litt. 2006). Little is known about this species and scientist say its sighting in Nepal is possible. I sincerely hope this species is alive and will be sighted in Nepal and then do what needs to be done.

References :
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22680344
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink-headed_duck

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