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This particularly handsome waterbird is a mix of delicious colours - honey, chocolate, nougat and cinnamon.

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.

Did you Know?

The Plumed Whistling Duck emits a high-pitched nasal whistle.

Australian Wetlands
Other Name/s
Plumed Tree Duck, Grass Whistle-duck
Scientific Name
Dendrocygna eytoni
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
40–60 cm
1000 g
28 days
Number of Eggs
Northern Western Australia to Victoria
Wetlands and tropical grasslands near dams and lagoons
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