In the Zoo’s Aviary live two female white-faced whistling ducks. They were hatched in 1999 and came to the Zoo in 2000. They can be identified by their bright-white feathered faces on a brown background of feathers. They are friendly birds, tending to flock together. With their elegant feather patterns, it might be easy to mistake them for males; however, whistling ducks exhibit the same plumage whether male or female.
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.
White-faced whistling ducks inhabit freshwater lakes or reservoirs in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
White-faced whistling ducks are omnivorous. They eat grains, seeds, invertebrates and plants.