Plumed Whistling Duck

(Dendrocygna Eytoni)

Appearance: - The Plumed Whistling Duck has a mainly brownish plumage with distinctive whitish plumes extending from the flanks, a brown back and tail, black-barred chestnut breast, pink beak with dark spots, yellow/orange eyes, white abdomen, vent and undertail, and legs and feet are pink. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is 42-60cm (16-24in).

Food: - Grazing on tropical grasses, grains, seeds, and aquatic vegetation.

Habitat/Range: - Tall grasslands, savanna, lakes, and swamps in north, east, and central Australia, and also found in New Guinea.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Usually January to March during wet season.

Eggs: - 8 to 14 (smooth white and oval shaped).

Notes: - The Plumed Whistling Duck or Grass Whistle Duck prefers to feed on land by cropping grass rather than feed in the water. Like other Whistling Ducks they have a noisy whistling call.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

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

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