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WHITE-FACED WHISTLING DUCK

(Dendrocygna viduata)

The Zoo is home to one female whistling duck. She can be identified by her bright-white feathered face on a brown background of feathers.

ABOUT THE WHITE-FACED WHISTLING DUCK

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The white-faced whistling duck is an abundant species. It is a protected species under the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.

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HABITAT

White-faced whistling ducks inhabit freshwater lakes or reservoirs in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

DIET

White-faced whistling ducks are omnivorous. They eat grains, seeds, invertebrates and plants.

DID YOU KNOW?

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  • Whistling Ducks are monomorphic; meaning the males and females have identical plumage. The females, however, are larger than the males.
  • The white-faced whistling duck is very social. At favored sites, flocks of more than 1,000 birds are not uncommon.
  • The "whistling" part of the white-faced whistling duck’s name comes from their distinctive three-note whistling call which some people think can be noisy.
  • White-faced whistling ducks are diving ducks. They dive to feed on crustaceans, mollusks, invertebrates and aquatic insects at the water’s bottom.