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            White-faced whistling duck

            Dendrocygna viduata

            White-faced whistling ducks live throughout South America, sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Caribbean and Central America.

            White-faced whistling duck behavior and facts

            • White-faced whistling ducks are named for their high-pitched whistling calls.
            • Unlike most waterfowl, white-faced whistling ducks often perch in branches and are known as tree ducks.
            • When alarmed, these ducks stand straight and freeze.
            • They feed on grass, seeds, and aquatic mollusks.
            • Adult white-faced whistling ducks have a black and white head and a reddish chestnut brown breast.
            • Breeding begins at the start of the rainy season.
            • After breeding, white-faced whistling ducks undergo a flightless molt period that lasts from 18-25 days.

            From birth to death

            • The nest of the white-faced whistling duck is a simple depression in the ground amongst tall grass or reed beds.
            • They nest in solitary pairs, small groups or loose colonies.
            • White-faced whistling ducks lay a clutch of 4-13 eggs that are incubated for 26-28 days.
            • Chicks leave the nest and fledge eight weeks after hatching.

            Vital statistics

            • Length: 14-18 inches
            • Weight: 1-2 pounds


            IUCN Least concern

            White-faced whistling ducks, the Oregon Zoo and you

            The zoo's white-faced whistling ducks live in the Africa Rainforest Aviary.