Appearance - The Black-bellied Whistling Duck has a chestnut brown crown, nape, lower neck, breast, and back, with a pale brown-grey face and upper neck, a white eye-ring, long red beak with blue tip, underparts and tail are black, wings are white with black primary feathers and brown wing coverts, and its long legs are pink. Both sexes are similar.
Notes - The Black-bellied Whistling Duck was also formerly called the Black-bellied Tree Duck. These ducks pair up for many years and both parents raise their young together. As the name suggests this is a noisy bird with a whistling call especially in flight.
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