Lesser Whistling Duck

(Dendrocygna Javanica)

Appearance: - The Lesser Whistling Duck has a dark grey-brown crown and forehead, dark eyes with pale yellow eye-ring, greyish-buff face and neck, long grey beak, chestnut lower breast, belly, and upper tail coverts, the back and wings are darkish grey, flanks have creamy streaks, and legs and feet are dark blue-grey. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is 38-40cm (15-16in).

Food: - Grazes on rice-fields and grasses, aquatic plants, shoots, stems, seeds, leaves, also insects, snails, and frogs.

Habitat/Range: - Freshwater lakes with plenty of vegetation, in south and south east Asia - Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. This duck is mostly resident but Chinese ducks winter further south.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - June to October in India.

Eggs: - 7 to 12 (smooth white colour).

Notes: - The Lesser Whistling Duck is also known as the Indian Whistling Duck, Lesser Tree Duck, or Lesser Whistling Teal. They nest in tree cavities and like to roost in trees overlooking the water. Like other Whistling Ducks they are noisy with a loud whistling call particularly when roosting.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Dendrocygninae,
Genus: Dendrocygna.

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