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White-faced Whistling-duck

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Scientific Name:

Dendrocygna viduata


Distribution

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


Diet:

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


Facts

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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