Forehead, cheeks, and throat, white: crown, occiput, neck and breast, black.
Anas Leucopsis, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. it. p. 823. Bernicle Goose, Mont. Orn. Diet, & Supp. Selb. Illust. vol. ii. p. 268. pl. 44. Bernacle, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 302.
Entire length two feet one inch.
Forehead, cheeks and throat, white; between the bill and the eyes a dark streak; crown, occiput, neck, and upper part of the breast, black; back, scapulars and wing-coverts, undulated with transverse bars of ash-gray, black, and grayish white, this last colour occupying the tips of the feathers: quills blackish gray: under parts of the body pure white, passing into ash-gray on the flanks: tail black: irides dusky brown: bill and legs black. The young have the white on the forehead mottled with dusky; the feathers on the back and wings tipped with reddish; the flanks of a darker colour than in the adult: legs dusky brown. (Egg). Greenish white: long. diam. three inches; trans, diam. one inch eleven lines.
Common as a winter visitant on the western coast of England, and in some parts of Ireland. Rarely seen in the southern and eastern districts. Retires early in the year to high latitudes, where it breeds. Food, seeds, grain, and aquatic and other vegetables.