Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Fulvous Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)


Taxonomy

French: Dendrocygne fauve German: Gelbbrust-Pfeifgans Spanish: Suirirí bicolor
Other common names: Fulvous Tree Duck
Taxonomy:

Anas bicolor

Vieillot

, 1816,

Paraguay

.

May be close to D. arcuata. Hybridization with D. arcuata and D. eytoni reported in captivity. Population of S USA and N Mexico has been assigned to a geographical race, helva, but doubtfully valid. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Patchily distributed from S USA to N & E South America S as far as N Argentina; sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal E to Ethiopia and S to South Africa, and Madagascar; Indian Subcontinent E to Myanmar; also recorded in S Vietnam, where probably accidental.

Descriptive notes

45–53 cm; male 440–1050 g, female 500–1000 g. Uppertail-coverts whitish. Female slightly duller and smaller. Larger than D. arcuata. Juvenile... read more

Voice

Vocalizations include squealing whistle upon taking flight, a high-pitched bisyllabic “pit-tu”, “... read more

Habitat

Various types of marshy habitats and swamps in open, flat terrain, including both freshwater and... read more

Food and feeding

Almost entirely vegetarian, especially rice; also feeds on other seeds and fruits (Nymphoides indica, Ambrosia maritima... read more

Breeding

Season largely determined by water availability; lays mid May–Aug in North America and largely coincides with wet season in... read more

Movements

Mostly sedentary but subject to seasonal movements according to availability of water and food, e.g... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Continental populations most recently (late 1990s) estimated at 1,000,000 in Americas (where considered to be in decline, although populations have... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2014). Fulvous Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna bicolor). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52796 on 23 November 2014).