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Plumed Whistling Duck

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Photo © by peterdayHasties Swamp Queensland, Australia, July 2019
Photo © by peterday
Hasties Swamp Queensland, Australia, July 2019
Dendrocygna eytoni


[edit] Identification

Photo © by MzunguLake Galletly Gatton Campus, Queensland, Australia, October 2017
Photo © by Mzungu
Lake Galletly Gatton Campus, Queensland, Australia, October 2017

40–45 cm (15¾-17¾ in)

  • Tall bird with a long neck
  • Pale face and foreneck
  • Light brown hind neck and crown
  • Brown upper back
  • Chestnut breast with black bars
  • Pink and grey bill
  • Pink feet and legs

Sexes similar

[edit] Similar Species

Paler then Wandering Whistling Duck

[edit] Distribution

Asia and Australia:
Southeast Asia: Indonesia
Australasia: New Guinea, Australia: Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Margins of lagoons, pools, swamps, marshes, mangroves. Particularly fond of plains, grassland and meadows.

[edit] Behaviour

They form large mixed species communal daytime roosts.

[edit] Diet

They have a basically vegetarian diet, eating grasses, herbs, sedges and seeds. They feed at night and may fly some distance to the feeding grounds.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a grass-lined ground scrape sheltered by a bush or some other vegetation. The clutch consists of 10-12 white eggs, both adults share the incubation and rearing duties. They are monogamous, forming a bond which may be for life.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  4. Birds in Backyards

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