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Fulvous Whistling Duck

From Opus

Photo © by gigo Miami, Florida, USA
Photo © by gigo
Miami, Florida, USA
Dendrocygna bicolor


[edit] Identification

L. 18-21" (46-53 cm)
A long-legged, long-necked, goose-like duck.

  • Body mainly tawny
  • White stripe on side
  • Dark wings
  • White rump and undertail coverts

The name "fulvous" refers to its tawny color.

[edit] Distribution

Adult with ducklingsPhoto © by vijay4birdsChennai, Tamilnadu, India, May 2016
Adult with ducklings
Photo © by vijay4birds
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, May 2016

Southern USA to Argentina; eastern Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia.

Resident in southern California, coastal Texas and Louisiana, and southern Florida. Although Fulvous Whistling-Ducks in North America breed only in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, they sometimes wander. Small flocks have turned up as far away as British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

This species was formerly known as the "Fulvous Tree Duck."

[edit] Habitat

Freshwater lakes and reservoirs, rice fields, freshwater marshes, wet meadows, and lagoons.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

These long-legged ducks do most of their feeding on land, eating green grass, seeds, and acorns.

[edit] Breeding

The 12-15 buff-white eggs are laid in a shallow cup of grass or a well-woven basket of reeds in a marsh. Sometimes several females lay in the same nest.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from

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