Whistling duck

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Whistling ducks
White-faced Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna viduata 4, JBP, Nov 06.JPG
White-faced whistling duck
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Dendrocygninae
Reichenbach, 1850
Genus: Dendrocygna
Swainson, 1837
Type species
Anas arcuata
Horsfield, 1824

The whistling ducks or tree ducks (Genus: Dendrocygna) are a subfamily of the duck, goose and swan family of birds, Anatidae. In other taxonomy, they are considered a separate family called Dendrocygnidae.

Species[change | change source]

The whistling ducks are a type of waterfowl, there are eight species in the genus Dendrocygna.

Most whistling ducks live in or near the tropics, in a place where there is fresh water. Whistling ducks feed mainly on small animals and plants.

Whistling ducks travel in flocks and migrate seasonally.

Common name Scientific name Picture
West Indian whistling duck Dendrocygna arborea
(Linnaeus, 1758)
West Indian Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arborea) RWD4.jpg
Wandering whistling duck Dendrocygna arcuata
(Horsfield, 1824)
Wandering Whistling Duck - melbourne zoo cropped.jpg
Black-bellied whistling duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Dendrocygna autumnalis, London Wetland Centre, UK - Diliff.jpg
Fulvous whistling duck Dendrocygna bicolor
(Vieillot, 1816)
Dendrocygna bicolor wilhelma.jpg
Plumed whistling duck Dendrocygna eytoni
(Eyton, 1838)
Dendrocygna eytoni - Macquarie University.jpg
Spotted whistling duck Dendrocygna guttata
Schlegel, 1866
Spotted Whistling Duck RWD3.jpg
Lesser whistling duck Dendrocygna javanica
(Horsfield, 1821)
Dendrocygna javanica - Chiang Mai.jpg
White-faced whistling duck Dendrocygna viduata
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Dendrocygna viduata upright.jpg

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