Distinguished by dark rich plumage, black bill and legs. Black crown with plain yellow-buff face and neck; shoulders chestnut. Immature: duller, centre of abdomen paler, dividing dark underparts.
Nocturnal, Feeds by up ending and diving in shallow water. Gathers in dense flocks of dozens to thousands; camps on bare margins of swamps and rivers sometimes with Plumed Whistling Duck.
Wetlands, Streams lakes and lagoons; tropical freshwater wetlands; flooded grasslands; floodplains.
So called because in flight or on land flocks fill the air with a shrill whistling sound that they make with their wings as well as with their voice boxes
January February March April May Breeds according to season conditions, 8 to12; creamy white, nest a depression in grass. Both sexes incubate the eggs for 28-30 days
Kakadu National Park
Herbivore, chiefly grass and other herbage.
|| Wandering Whistling-Duck (Tree)
|| Dendrocygna arcuata
|| Least Concern
|| Male 550-610
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