Pink-headed Duck / Rhodonessa caryophyllacea

Pink-headed Duck / Rhodonessa caryophyllacea

Pink-headed Duck

SCI Name:  Rhodonessa caryophyllacea
Protonym:  Anas caryophyllacea IndexOrn. 2 p.866
Taxonomy:  Anseriformes / Anatidae /
Taxonomy Code:  pihduc1
Type Locality:  India.
Publish Year:  1790
IUCN Status:  


 (Anatidae; Ϯ Pink-headed Duck R. caryophyllacea) Gr. ῥοδον  rhodon  rose; νησσα nēssa  duck; "Genera et Species typicae.  ...  3. Boschinae s. Anatinae genuinae  ...  d. *Rhodonessa Rchb.  caryophyllacea (Anas — Lath.) R.  Ic. Av. t. 85. ic. 919." (Reichenbach 1852). The Pink-headed Duck formerly occurred in the Gangetic and Brahmaputra plains as an uncommon resident of riverine swamps; the last wild observation was from Bihar in 1935, but the last captive bird survived until at least 1945.

Mod. L. caryophyllaceus carnation-pink < pre-Linnaean botanical genus Caryophylla, carnation < L. carus esteemed; phyllon plant.
● ex “Pink-headed Duck” of Latham 1787 (‡Rhodonessa).
● ex “Pink-coloured Warbler” of Brown 1776 and Latham 1783 (unident.;?Pericrocotus sp.).