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The historical and current status of Pink-headed Duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea in Myanmar

  • Andrew W. Tordoff (a1), Tim Appleton (a2), Jonathan C. Eames (a3), Karin Eberhardt (a4), Htin Hla (a5), Khin Ma Ma Thwin (a5), Sao Myo Zaw (a6), Saw Moses (a6) and Sein Myo Aung (a6)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959270908000063
  • Published online: 11 March 2008
Abstract
Abstract

Pink-headed Duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea is a Critically Endangered species that has not been confirmed in the wild since 1948–1949. Historical records of the species are concentrated in India, although there are also a few from Myanmar. Between 2003 and 2005, BirdLife International and the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) conducted a series of field surveys of wetland habitats in the lowlands of Kachin state, an area with a cluster of historical records of the species. These were the first targeted efforts to assess the status of the species in Myanmar. These surveys were complemented by reviews of museum specimens and literature relating to the species in Myanmar. Two specimen records represent very strong evidence that the species occurred in Myanmar historically, although they shed little light on its seasonal status in the country. The surveys conducted by BirdLife International and BANCA were unable to confirm the continued occurrence of Pink-headed Duck in Myanmar. However, they did generate a limited amount of equivocal direct evidence, most notably two possible but unconfirmed sightings. There are several reasons for believing that the species may still persist in the lowlands of Kachin state and, perhaps, elsewhere in Myanmar. Shyness, combined with rarity, possible nocturnal habits and the impenetrability of its habitats, means that the species tended to be under-recorded historically, and may continue to be so currently. Further surveys are required to confirm this.

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  • ISSN: 0959-2709
  • EISSN: 1474-0001
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