French: Dendrocygne veuf German: Witwenpfeifgans Spanish: Suirirí cariblanco
Other common names:
White-faced Tree Duck
Tropical America from Costa Rica (where probably extinct) S to N Argentina and Uruguay; sub-Saharan Africa from S Mauritania and Senegal E to Eritrea and S to South Africa; Madagascar and Comoro Is.
38–48 cm; 502–820 g. Dorsal and scapular feathers longer than in other Dendrocygna. Front part of head, chin and throat white, contrasting with black... read more
Most typical is a sibilant trisyllabic whistle “swee-swee-sweeoo”, lasting 1·5–2 seconds, given in... read more
Wide variety of wetlands, including some artificial ones, and showing preference for fresh water in... read more
Food and feeding
More varied than in other whistling-ducks, consisting of vegetable matter (grass, seeds, rice) and also aquatic invertebrates (molluscs,... read more
Starts at beginning of rainy season and laying reaches peak when floods at maximum; Jul–Sept in Venezuela; Jul–Oct in Ethiopia... read more
Often subject to local movements caused by variations in availability of water, concentrating... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly abundant, particularly in Africa, where may have benefited from protection of extensive areas, but large numbers are hunted (... read more
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