Duck (Fulvous Tree) / Dendrocygna bicolor

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Also known as the Fulvous whistling duck because of their characteristic whistling call

Fulvous refers to the bird’s colour, and means tawny

The Fulvous tree duck is a gregarious bird that associates freely with other species and lives in small non migratory groups. Seasonal movements only take place when food is hard to find.

Fulvous tree ducks are herbivorous and feed mainly at night on a variety of seeds especially rice, leaves, bulbs, and other parts of water plants. During the day they rest, often in large flocks along the water’s edge.

Nests are built in dense marsh vegetation by trampling down the vegetation to make a platform above the water level. Sometimes nests are built in tree cavities close to the ground. The clutch size can range from 8-15 eggs and these are incubated by both parents for up to 24-28 days. The young leave the nest soon after hatching and hide in the dense vegetation. They fledge after 8-9 weeks.

The IUCN does not believe the Fulvous tree duck to be under threat as the global population is thought to be in excess of 1.5 million birds.