Plumed Whistling Duck (Slimbridge May 2015)
The Plumed Whistling Duck, also known as the Grass Whistle Duck or Whistling Tree Duck, is a Whistling Duck from Australia and New Guinea.
Rather than diving for food in water like other ducks, The Plumed Whistling Duck feeds by grazing on land.
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420mm to 600mm (16" to 24")
Appearance - Male
The male has a Brown crown and nape with lighter cheeks, a Pink bill with dark markings and Yellow/Orange eyes. The breast is Chestnut Brown with dark barring, the back and tail is Brown, the vent under-tail and belly are White. There are distinctive elongated plumes which are a light Tan to White extending from the flanks. The legs and feet are Pink.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male.
Grasslands, Savanna, Lakes and Swamps.
Aquatic Vegetation, Grasses, Grain and Seeds.
January to April.
The nest is built from grasses and lined with soft grass (with no down) concealed by vegetation usually near water.
Quantity: 8 to 14
Approx. size: 48mm x 36mm
Colour: Creamy White.