Widespread: lives in the tropical zones of Africa, South America and Asia. It inhabits wetlands, swamps, lakes and river banks and is both diurnal and nocturnal. Spends most of the time swimming and filtering water, as water plants are the main element of its diet. Occasionally can dive to hunt for small water invertebrates. The duck produces characteristic, pleasant whilstling sound.
Unlike other ducks, they do not toot before the mating period. They build nests using vegetation and branches or simply nest in a tree hole. Although Whistling Ducks are very caring parents, they may sometimes place their eggs in other birds’ nests.
Did you know? – Although they are ducks, they sometimes demonstrate behaviours similar to swans and geese – they are monogamic and raise offspring together.
- Latin name: Dendrocygna bicolor
- IUCN – Red List – LC – Least concern
- CITES – Appendix II