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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Dendrocygna
Genus species:Dendrocygna viduata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:43-48 cm
Weight:670 g
Identification:The white-faced whistling duck has long legs and neck, a white head with a black bill, a think black chin strap, and a rufous-colored chest with a brown back. The side has plumage that is white with black stripes and the back is brown. The legs and feet are black, and there are black bands on this duck's head.
Habitat:Freshwater, open wetlands, lakes, swamps, marshes
Diet:Omnivore: grass, seeds, rice, insects, mollusks, crustaceans
Reproduction:Pairs mate for life. Six to twelve eggs are laid in a tree nest. Both parents help to incubate the eggs for 28-30 days.
Large numbers of whistling ducks will occasionally gather to roost together.
Behavior:These nocturnal birds will often dive for food under the water's surface. Mutual preening is an important part of their behavior.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The white-faced whistling duck has disappeared from Panama, where it was once quite numerous. It has adapted to man-made water bodies, and there are no major threats to populations of the species. Unlike other species of the genus Dendrocygna, the white-faced whistling duck rarely perches. It is, however, a good swimmer, walker, and diver.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern South America
Central Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1966-12 Subjects:duck-like bird
White-faced whistling duck
Dendrocygna
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Geeses
Water birds
Waterfowl