Plumed Whistling Duck

Plumed Whistling DuckOther Names: Plumed Tree Duck, Grass Whistle-duck
Scientific Name: Dendrocygna eytoni
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Body Length: 40–60 cm
Weight: 1000 g
Incubation: 28 days
Number of eggs: 8–14

Distribution: Northern Western Australia to Victoria
Habitat: Wetlands and tropical grasslands near dams and lagoons

Description: Tall and long-necked, the Plumed Whistling Duck has a pinkish bill and legs with different shades of pale brown over its head, neck, breast and flank. It has long flank plumes that are edged black and extend over its back. Its wings are brown above and a paler black below. Both sexes are the same colour but males tend to be larger and have longer plumes.

Diet: The Plumed Whistling Duck is a herbivore and eats grasses, legumes and herbs.

Breeding: Breeding in the wet season, the Plumed Whistling Duck is monogamous, most likely bonding for life. It creates a nest by scraping out a patch of ground beneath vegetation and lightly lining it with grass.

Threats: The Plumed Whistling Duck is threatened by destruction of wetlands.

At Perth Zoo: You can see Plumed Whistling Ducks in the Australian Wetlands.

Did You Know? The Plumed Whistling Duck emits a high-pitched nasal whistle.

Download the Plumed Whistling Duck Fact Sheet (pdf).

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