French: Dendrocygne siffleur German: Javapfeifgans Spanish: Suirirí de Java
Other common names:
Lesser Tree Duck,
E Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka E to SE China, and S through SE Asia to Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali. Formerly resident in Ryukyu Is; occasional in Taiwan.
38–42 cm; 450–600 g. Smallest of the whistling-ducks. Fairly uniform plumage; chestnut uppertail-coverts; inconspicuous yellow eyering. Juvenile duller.
Shrill, high-pitched “tsee-tsee, tchee-tchee” in flight and when taking-off from water, often given... read more
Generally found on small bodies of shallow water (e.g. oxbow lakes, ponds, flooded fields,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly grasses, wild and cultivated rice, seeds and shoots of water weeds (Lymnophyla heterophyla, Ultricularia, ... read more
Season determined by extent of rains, but tends to coincide with start of rainy period; in Sri Lanka mainly in Dec–Jan and Jul–... read more
Mostly sedentary, except small, northernmost Chinese population, which vacates breeding areas in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant over much of range, with most recent estimate (from late 1990s) suggesting overall population is declining but still numbers... read more
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