Rhodonessa caryophyllacea (Latham, 1790) - Pink-headed Duck

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


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This endemic species is now possibly extinct in India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. It was last seen in the wild in 1949. It was always considered rare. It used to inhabit secluded inland wetlands and congregated in flocks (BirdLife International 2018).


Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species was found to be low for the last two centuries. The current estimate of population is 1-49 individuals. Agriculture and other human encroachments causing habitat loss is the primary threat to this species. Hunting and egg collection is also a major threat to this species (BirdLife International 2018).

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2018. Rhodonessa caryophyllacea (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22680344A125558688.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22680344A125558688.en. Accessed on 30 January 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Rhodonessa caryophyllacea (Latham, 1790) – Pink-headed Duck. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/rhodonessa-caryophyllacea, accessed 2024/06/25.