Spotted Whistling duck

Gevlekte fluiteend

Spotted Whistling duck (Dendrocygna guttata)

The Spotted Whistling duck (Dendrocygna guttata) is a whistling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Gevlekte fluiteend
English name:
Spotted Whistling duck
German name:
French name:
Dendrocygne tacheté
Scientific name:
Dendrocygna guttata

Scientific classification




Face and foreneck grey, black around eyes continuing forwards to bill, blackish line along crown and continuing down hindneck. Breast and flanks chestnut with small white spots on the breast, larger spots outlined in black on the flanks extending to mottled tail coverts. Abdomen and ventral area white. Upperparts and tail dark brown with Rufous edges to feathers. Wings dark brown. Bill of male Reddish grey and eyes (Iris) dark brown. 

As male with no apparent plumage or soft –parts differences.

Has duller coloring, lacks white spotting on the breast and the flanks appear streaked rather than spotted.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Spotted Whistling duck measures approximately 42-50 centimeters. The female measures approximately 42-50 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 725-950 gram. The female will weight about 725-950 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

The nest is built in in tall hollow trees, in or near the water. This species forms strong, durable pair bonds which may extend for life.

The female Spotted Whistling duck usually lays from 10-12 creamy white eggs and incubates them for 28-31 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Spotted Whistling duck is 11 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young whistling duck at around 12-14 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
Preferred food:
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