- Dendrocygna viduata
38–48 cm (15-19 inches)
- White face and crown
- Black rear head
- Dark brown to black back and wings
- Black underparts
- Finely barred white flanks
- Chestnut neck
- Long grey bill
Juveniles have a more muted head pattern.
Sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America:
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zaire
Eastern Africa Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
A wide variety of wetlands, including still freshwater lakes or reservoirs, with plentiful vegetation.
They nest on a stick platform near the ground, sometimes in trees. The clutch consists of 8-12 eggs.
Their varied diet consists of grass seeds and rice, with the addition of some aquatic invertebrates.
Call': a clear three-note whistling call.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) White-faced Whistling Duck. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 11 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/White-faced_Whistling_Duck