Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Slimbridge October 2012)
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is also called the Black-bellied Tree Duck. It is a Whistling Duck that breeds from the southernmost United States to the tropical Central and South-Central parts of South America.
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck is unique amongst ducks as they have strong monogamous pair-bonding. The pairs will often stay together for many years, which is more often associated with geese and swans.
As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear whistling call.
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47mm to 56mm (19" to 22")
Appearance - Male
The male has a long Red bill, long pale Grey head and longish legs. The belly and tail are Black, and the body plumage, back of the neck and cap are a rich Chestnut Brown. The face and upper neck are Grey, and they sport a thin but distinct White eye-ring.
Appearance - Female
Both sexes are alike.
Shallow freshwater Ponds, Lakes, and Marshes, cultivated land or Reservoirs with plentiful of Vegetation.
They ingest a wide variety of Plant Material, but also consume Arthropods and Aquatic Invertebrates when available.
April to October in USA, and September in Brazil.
Quantity: 12 to 16