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White-faced Whistling-duck

White-faced Whistling-duck

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Scientific Name:

Dendrocygna viduata


Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, C and S America.


Omnivore. Grass, seeds, rice, aquatic invertebrates (molluscs, crustaceans, insects).


Habitat:  Variety of wetlands.

Incubation: 26-30 days / 4-13 eggs

Social structure: Flocks of several thousand birds

Weight: 820g max

Dimensions: 38-48cm

Lifespan: 12 years under human care 

Estimated population in the wild: 1,700,000-2,800,000

Threats: Virus outbreaks, hunting for food and trading in traditional medicine markets.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. There are 8 living species of whistling ducks, each with its own distinctive call.
  2. They are active mainly at night when the birds fly to foraging areas to feed. During the day they spend most of the time standing alert in flocks around water.

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