Dendrocygna arcuata

Description

The Wandering Whistling Duck is a smallish duck with rich red-brown plumage overall, with a paler face, front of neck and upper breast. There is a dark stripe on the crown of head, nape and back of neck. The bill and legs are dark. There are elongated flank plumes, which are off-white with chestnut edges. In flight, the dark under wings, cinnamon and chestnut under body, white under tail and trailing dark legs are seen. This species is also known as the Whistling Tree Duck, Water Whistling Duck and the Red Whistler.

Distribution

The Wandering Whistling Duck is found in northern and eastern Australia, from the Kimberley region, across the north of Australia, to south-eastern New South Wales. It is vagrant to the south-east and the south-west of the country. This species is also distributed through Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Wandering Whistling Duck

Lifespan

The average lifespan of the Wandering Whistling Duck is approximately between 10 - 15 years.

Size

The Wandering Whistling Duck measures between 55 - 60 centimetres in length.

Diet

The Wandering Whistling Duck feeds almost entirely on aquatic vegetation and seeds, but also on young grass, the bulbs of rushes and other herbage, insects and other small aquatic animals.

Habitat

The Wandering Whistling Duck prefers deep vegetated lagoons and swamps, flooded grasslands, sewerage farms, grain stubbles, pastures, irrigated lands and rice fields.

Breeding

The Wandering Whistling Duck breeds in the northern wet season which is during January to April. The nest is a scrape in the ground out of reach of rising floodwaters, and is hidden in tall grass or shrubbery and lined with grass. Wandering Whistling Ducks are monogamous, and pair-bonds are most likely life-long. The female Wandering Whistling Duck will produce between 7 - 15 eggs and will incubate the eggs for approximately 30 days.

Voice

Shrill high pitched whistle on ground and in flight.