DUNBIRD, Poachard, or RedHeaded Widgeon Of Ray. (Anas Ferina, Linn.) The Poachard is nearly the size of the widgeon, but its bill is broader, and of a deep lead colour, tipped with black; the head and neck, bright bay; the breast, and that portion of the back which joins the neck, black; the wing coverts, the scapulars, back and sides under the wings, of a pale gray, elegantly marked with narrow lines of black; the quill-feathers, dusky; the belly, ash-coloured and brown; the tail consists of twelve short deep gray feathers, the legs, lead-coloured; the irides of a bright yellow, tinged with red. The head of the female is of a pale reddish brown; the breast rather of a deeper hue; the wing coverts and belly, ash-coloured; the back marked like that of the male. These birds frequent the mouths of fresh water-creeks, &c. in large flocks.
Generally speaking, wild-ducks congregate in the winter, and fly in pairs in summer, bringing up their young by the waterside, and leading them to their food as soon as out of the shell. The number of ducks, teal, widgeon, &c. caught in decoys is truly surprising. The season commences in October and ends in February : taking them earlier, subjects the offender to fine or imprisonment. See Decoy.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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