Duck (White faced whistling)

Dendrocygna viduata

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

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Least Concern


Where they live

Sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.


Found in freshwater marshes, lakes, and rice fields


Length: 16"


1.5 lb


10 - 15 years


Threats may include avian disease, hunting and loss of habitat.

Did you know...

  • The call of this duck is not a quack but a high-pitched whistle, as the name implies.
  • White-faced whistling ducks often perch in branches and are also commonly known as Tree ducks.
  • When alarmed, these ducks stand straight and freeze.

More about White-faced Whistling Ducks...

The White-faced Whistling Duck is a whistling duck which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.

This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites, the flocks of a thousand or more birds arriving at dawn are an impressive sight.

This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the underparts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.

It nests on a stick platform near the ground, and lays 8-12 eggs. Trees are occasionally used for nesting.

As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear three-note whistling call.

White-faced Whistling Ducks feed on seeds and other plant food.

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