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Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Alternative name: Black-bellied Tree-Duck, Red-billed Whistling Duck
L. 20-22" (51-56 cm).
Similar, but much duller
USA: Breeds in southern Texas and Arizona, expanding northwards and commonly found in suburban areas around Houston and Dallas. Introduced birds have bred in southern Florida. Casual vagrant to Kansas.
Wooded or tree-lined streams and ponds.
These handsome, conspicuous birds often rest on large tree branches, stakes, or poles in the water, also on the ground, by bodies of water.
12-16 white eggs placed in a tree cavity or man-made nest box without a nest lining, occasionally on the ground among reeds.
Almost entirely herbivorous, they feed in shallow water on tubers and other aquatic vegetation, as well as in grain fields.
Unlike many ducks, this species is largely nocturnal, migrating at night and resting and feeding during the day.
Squeaky whistles, often in flight.
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