French: Dendrocygne à lunules German: Wanderpfeifgans Spanish: Suirirí capirotado
Other common names:
Wandering Tree Duck
Subspecies and Distribution
D. a. arcuata
(Horsfield, 1824) – Philippines, S Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Moluccas and Lesser Sundas.
D. a. pygmaea
Mayr, 1945 – New Britain, where possibly extinct; formerly also Fiji.
D. a. australis
Reichenbach, 1850 – S New Guinea lowlands and N & E Australia.
40–45 cm; male 741–948 g, female 453–976 g; wingspan 80–90 cm. Lateral undertail-coverts whitish. Black dots on sides of breast. Similar to D.... read more
Considered comparatively quiet compared to congeners; most commonly given is multi-syllabic... read more
Eminently aquatic, frequenting bodies of relatively deep water with emerging vegetation, showing... read more
Food and feeding
Almost entirely vegetarian, mostly water lilies (Nymphaea), sedges and other aquatic plants and grasses. Obtains most of food by... read more
Starts at beginning of wet season. Monogamous, probably for life. In single pairs; nest built with plant matter on ground, frequently among... read more
Dispersive; movements largely determined by variations in water level; concentrated in permanent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Has decreased markedly in several areas, but population in Australia and New Guinea most recently (late 1990s) suggested to be... read more
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