French: Dendrocygne d’Eyton German: Gelbfuß-Pfeifgans Spanish: Suirirí australiano
Other common names:
Plumed Tree Duck
From lower Kimberley (NE Western Australia) E across N Australia, most of Queensland and S to New South Wales and Victoria.
40–45 cm; male 600–930 g, female 580–1400 g; wingspan 75–90 cm. Uppertail-coverts with dark marks. Only Dendrocygna with pale iris. Juveniles... read more
Most distinctive vocalization is high-pitched whistling “wiss-threew” (considered more penetrating... read more
Typically associated with grassland, meadows and plains; also frequents edges of lagoons, pools and... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly plant matter, particularly grasses, herbs, sedges and seeds (Fimbristylis, Echinochloa colona). Feeds mainly on... read more
Starts at onset of wet season. Solitary; very simple nest on ground lined with soft vegetation, no down added (captivity). Clutch 8–... read more
Local movements depending on availability of water in different seasons: moves towards coast and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population thought to be stable and to number c. 100,000–1,000,000 individuals. Generally widespread throughout range; has... read more
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