WHISTLING DUCK IDENTIFICATION
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   There are five different species of Whistling Duck found at WWT Slimbridge: -
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Black Bellied Whistling Duck (Slimbridge 26/07/13) Plumed Whistling Duck (Slimbridge 24/03/12) Wandering Whistling Duck (Slimbridge 24/03/12)
Black Bellied Whistling Duck
Plumed Whistling Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck
West Indian Whistling Duck (Slimbridge 15/08/11) White Faced Whistling Duck (Slimbridge 25/03/11)
West Indian Whistling Duck
White Faced Whistling Duck
   To aid identification we shall compare various significant parts of the Whistling Duck: -
   The Head, Bill and Eyes
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Black Bellied Whistling Duck Plumed Whistling Duck Wandering Whistling Duck West Indian Whistling Duck White Faced Whistling Duck
Black Bellied
Whistling Duck
Plumed
Whistling Duck
Wandering
Whistling Duck
West Indian
Whistling Duck
White Faced
Whistling Duck
   The Breast and Body
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Black Bellied Whistling Duck Plumed Whistling Duck Wandering Whistling Duck West Indian Whistling Duck White Faced Whistling Duck
Black Bellied
Whistling Duck
Plumed
Whistling Duck
Wandering
Whistling Duck
West Indian
Whistling Duck
White Faced
Whistling Duck
   The Tail
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Black Bellied Whistling Duck Plumed Whistling Duck Wandering Whistling Duck West Indian Whistling Duck White Faced Whistling Duck
Black Bellied
Whistling Duck
Plumed
Whistling Duck
Wandering
Whistling Duck
West Indian
Whistling Duck
White Faced
Whistling Duck
   Identification Overview
   Black Bellied Whistling Duck.
   A long Red bill, long pale Grey head and longish legs. The belly and tail are Black, with the body plumage,
   back of the neck and cap a rich Chestnut Brown. The face and upper neck are Grey, and they sport a thin
   but distinct White eye-ring
   Plumed Whistling Duck.
   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. .
   Wandering Whistling Duck.
   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.
   West Indian Whistling Duck.
   A Black bill, a pale fore-neck speckled with Brown, light Brown face and dark Brown crown. The back, breast
   and wings are dark Brown with White edging and the under-parts are White with heavy Black markings.
   The feet and long legs are Green/Black.
   White Faced Whistling Duck.
   A dark Grey bill, a White face and crown with Black on the back of the head and down the nape and upper
   neck. The lower neck and breast are Chestnut Brown, the back is barred Black and the flanks have fine
   White barring. The rump, tail under-parts, and wing under-parts are Black. The legs and feet are light Grey.
   Now that we have identified the Whistling Ducks, where can we find them at WWT Slimbridge?
   They can be found in the following zones: -
   Black Bellied Whistling Duck. - Found in the South America Zone.
   Plumed Whistling Duck. - Found in the Australia Zone.
   Wandering Whistling Duck. - Found in the Australia Zone.
   West Indian Whistling Duck. - Found in the South America Zone.
   White Faced Whistling Duck. - Found in the Lesser Flamingo Zone.
   Did You Know?
     The Whistling duck is also sometimes called the Tree Duck.
     Whistling ducks are named after their noisy Whistling call.
     Whistling ducks can often be found perching in trees.