Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)

The Wandering Whistling Duck, also known as the Tree Duck, is a unique species of waterfowl that is primarily found along shallow wetlands, freshwater swamps, and marshes of Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia. It is a medium-sized bird that grows up to 50-60 cm in length and weighs around 600-800 grams.

The Wandering Whistling Duck gets its name from the distinct whistling sound it makes, which is caused by the air moving through its pinched bill when it breathes. It is a loud and distinctive call that echoes through the wetlands and helps identify these birds.

The Wandering Whistling Duck's plumage is a mixture of white, brown, gray, and black, and it has a prominent white eyebrow. The male and female birds look alike, with the only noticeable difference being that the female is slightly smaller in size.

These birds are primarily herbivorous, feeding on seeds, fruits, and aquatic vegetation. They are also known to occasionally feed on insects, crustaceans, and small fishes, making them a highly adaptable species.

The Wandering Whistling Duck is known for its nomadic behavior and is found to wander over a vast range of territory. During the breeding season, these birds build their nests in tree hollows, where the female lays a clutch of 6-14 eggs. The young ducks are cared for by both parents and are able to swim and dive within a few days after hatching.

While the Wandering Whistling Duck is not considered to be a threatened species, the loss of wetlands and habitat destruction due to human activities are causing a decline in their population in some regions. Conservation efforts are underway to protect these birds and their critical wetland habitats.

In conclusion, the Wandering Whistling Duck is a fascinating waterfowl species that has adapted to survive in diverse habitats and has unique characteristics that make it stand out from other birds. Its whistling call serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving wetlands and protecting the biodiversity of our planet.

Other names

Dendrocygna arcuata



Wandering Whistling Duck

ànec arbori de casquet



tamnokapa utva

husička stěhovavá

Rustfarvet Træand

Zwervende Fluiteend


Dendrocygne à lunules


Dendrocigna errante


švilpiančioji medžąsė


drzewica wędrowna


Странствующая древесная утка

Australijska patka pištalica

stromárka sťahovavá

Suirirí capirotado


Gezgin Islıkçı Ördek

свистач філіпінський



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