Plumed Whistling Duck
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.
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):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
A-B C-F G-L M-R S-Z
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