Wandering Whistling Duck

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Details

WANDERING WHISTLING-DUCK (Dendrocygna arcuata) – Whistling Ducks are a distinct group within the duck family and are quite closely related to swans and geese. They have long necks and broad rounded wings with notched feathers which produce a whirring sound in flight. Unlike most ducks, Whistling Ducks pair for life and the males share in the incubation of the eggs as well as look after the ducklings.

Fact Card

COMMON NAME: Wandering Whistling Duck
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Dendrocygna arcuata
TYPE: Extirpated
DIET: Grasses, waterlilies, water plants and occasionally insects and aquatic vertebrae.
SIZE: 54–60 cm in height
RECORDED SIGHTINGS: Viti Levu
GROUP NAME:  KINGDOMAnimalia  / PHYLUMChordata  / CLASSAves
ORDERAnseriformes  / FAMILY – Anatidae  / GENUS Dendrocygna

Video: Wandering Whistling Duck

Audio: Wandering Whistling Duck

IUCN Red List Status

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - Category Scale Least Concern

Additional Photographs

Two Wandering Whistling Ducks from Fiji , brown in colour with a white streak of colour on its front of the wing.

References

  • [Sara Young]. (2019, January 2). Wandering Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arcuata [Audio]. Macaulay Library. Link
  • [Robert Humphries]. (2019, May 21). Wandering Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arcuata [Video]. Macaulay Library. Link
  • ICUN REDLIST (2018). The Red List Assessment Wandering Whistling duck [Photograph]. ICUN. Link
  • Wandering whistling duck. (2022, October 2). In Wikipedia. Link

Additional Sources of Information

  • NatureFiji-MareqetiViti is Fiji’s only domestic NGO working solely for the conservation and sustainable management of Fiji’s unique natural heritage – Link

 

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