Fulvous Whistling Duck (Slimbridge March 2019)
The Fulvous Whistling Duck gets its name from its colouring as 'Fulvous' means tawny.
The Fulvous Whistling Duck prefers to roost on the ground rather than perching in trees.
Adult birds can be confused with the Lesser Whistling Duck, which is smaller, has a blackish crown and lacks an obvious dark stripe down the back of the neck.
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480mm to 530mm (19" to 21")
Appearance - Male
The Fulvous Whistling Duck has a dark crown which extends to the nape, pale buff face and neck, the wings and mantle are dark brown with black edged feathers,the breast and belly are rich fulvous, the creamy-buff flank feathers form a border between the sides and the back, tail-coverts are creamy white and tail is black, the eyes are brown, and the beak, legs, and feet are blue-grey.
Appearance - Female
Both sexes are alike.
Wetlands, Flooded Grasslands, and Pastures.
Aquatic plant seeds, grains, rice, weeds, insects and small aquatic animals.
April to September. (North America)
June to August. (India)
December to February. (South America and South Africa)
The nest is made from plant leaves and stems and has little or no soft lining. It is usually built in dense vegetation and close to water.
Quantity: 8 to 12
Colour: Ivory White.