Wandering whistling duck

Wandering fluiteend

Wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata australis)

The Wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata australis) is a whistling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Wandering fluiteend
English name:
Wandering whistling duck
German name:
Wanderpfeifgans
French name:
Dendrocygne à lunules
Scientific name:
Dendrocygna arcuata australis

Scientific classification

Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Onderfamilie:
Dendrocygninae
Genus:
Dendrocygna

Description

Description:

Male:
With rich red-brown plumage overall, with a paler face, front of neck and upper breast. There is a dark stripe on the crown of head, nape and back of neck. The bill and legs are dark. There are elongated flank plumes, which are off-white with chestnut edges. In flight, the dark underwings, cinnamon and chestnut underbody, white undertail and trailing dark legs are seen.

Female:
Similar to male. But sometimes with less elongated flank plumes.

Juvenile:
Duller and lacking the broad pale feather edgings on the back ,so that mantle appears darker; underparts less chestnut and lacking some or all black spotting on sides of lower neck and upper chest. Chestnut on lesser wing-converts much reduced in extent and color, and entirely absent from median wing-converts. Bill, legs and feet paler grayish black.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Wandering whistling duck measures approximately 55-60 centimeters. The female measures approximately 52-58 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 725-950 gram. The female will weight about 710-900 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!
Subspecies:

There is three subspecies:

  • Dendrocygna arcuata arcuata - East Indian Wandering Whistling Duck
  • Dendrocygna arcuata australis - Australian Wandering Whistling Duck
  • Dendrocygna arcuata pygmaea - Lesser Wandering Whistling Duck
Note:

Lesser Whistling Ducks prefer a nest site near freshwater with dense vegetation nearby where their chicks can immediately reach the water after hatching. Usually in a bed of tall reeds, sometimes in a hollow log, or even an abandoned heron’s nest. They build a shallow cup of grass, on or close to the ground. They may rearrange surrounding vegetation to form a roof with a side-entrance. Sometimes they nest in trees.

Breeding:
The female Wandering whistling duck usually lays from 10-12 creamy white eggs and incubates them for 28-30 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Wandering whistling duck is 12 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young whistling duck at around 0 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
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