WANDERING WHISTLING DUCK
(Dendrocygna Arcuata)
Tufted Duck     West Indian Whistling Duck


Australia Zone - Slimbridge
The Wandering Whistling Duck found in the Australia zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Australia
Breeding Habitat - Australia
North and East Australia, Philippines, Indonesia and Papa New Guinea.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Migrates to find water during the dry season.

Conservation Status


Size
540mm to 600mm (21" to 23")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Dark Brown crown and nape, a Buff colour head with lighter chin and a Black bill merging with the crown. The breast is Light Brown with Black spotting, the under-parts are chestnut Brown with a White undertail and White extending from the rump into the elongated flank plumes. The back is Dark Brown with Chestnut Brown scalloping. The legs and feet are Dark Grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male.

Habitat
Flooded Grasslands, Irrigated Land, Deep Lagoons, Swamps, Pastures and Rice Fields.

Diet
Aquatic Vegetation, Seeds, Grasses and small Aquatic Vertebrae and Insects.

Breeding Time
January to April.

Nest
The nest is built in concealing vegetation not far from the water.

Eggs
Quantity: 6 to 15.
Colour: Creamy White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl S - Z
Shelduck (Tadorna Tadorna)
Smew (Mergellus Albellus)
Snow Goose (Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)
Southern Pochard (Netta Erythrophthalma)
Southern Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
Swan Goose (Anser Cygnoides)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)
Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula)
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)
White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)
White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
White-headed Duck (Oxyura Leucocephala)
Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas Undulata)
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WANDERING WHISTLING DUCK
Tufted Duck     West Indian Whistling Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck
©Nigel Key Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge March 2012)

The Wandering Whistling Duck, formerly known as the Tree Duck, inhabit Australia, the Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

They have long necks and legs and have the appearance of a cross between a goose and a duck.

The Whistling Duck is so named due to its call which is a loud whistling sound and also due to the whistling sound their wings make during flight.
   Hear the Wandering Whistling Duck's Call:-


Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge May 2015) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge June 2015) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge June 2015)
23/05/15
30/06/15
30/06/15
Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge April 2012) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge April 2013)
28/07/12
06/04/13
06/04/13
Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge March 2011) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge October 2011) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge March 2012)
25/03/11
01/10/11
24/03/12
Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge October 2008) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge June 2009) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge March 2011)
12/10/08
03/06/09
25/03/11





Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Black Bellied Whistling Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Lesser Whistling Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Plumed Whistling Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
West Indian Whistling Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
White Faced Whistling Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk