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Fulvous Whistling Duck - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by gigo
Miami, Florida, USA
Dendrocygna bicolor


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.


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.


This is a monotypic species[1].

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


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Tucumán Province, Argentina, October, 2019

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



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


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.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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