Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna bicolor

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

FUWD

Code 6

DENBIC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Fulvous Whistling-Duck is ranked as Least Concern at this time. The prior rating of this bird was Lower Risk. The ratting was changed in 2004 as a result of the current range and population of this bird species. The range of this bird is about 10 million square kilometers. The Fulvous Whistling-Duck has a population of up to 1.5 million individual birds. There is no reason to think at this time that this bird species is facing immediate danger. The Fulvous Whistling-Duck is native to many countries throughout the world.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Fulvous Whistling-Duck: Large, long-legged, long-necked duck with dark brown back and white V-shaped rump patch. Head and underparts are buff to cinnamon with white throat and vent. The white-edged side and flank feathers form a striking border between sides and back. Tail is black with white undertail coverts.

 

Range and Habitat

Fulvous Whistling-Duck: Resident species along the Pacific Coast of Mexico, the Gulf Coast from Texas to Mexico, Florida, and the West Indies. Also breeds in Texas and Louisiana. Population is declining in the west. Preferred habitats include shallow freshwater marshes, lakes, and flooded agricultural fields.

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Fulvous Whistling-Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Fulvous Whistling-Duck C1

Call is a high-pitched, whistled "kit-tee".

Fulvous Whistling-Duck A1

Flight calls from a small group.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"k-weeoo", "kee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Fulvous Whistling-Duck's common name comes from the hoarse whistling sound it makes and from its coloring. Fulvous means tawny.
  • Largely nocturnal, they migrate at night and rest and feed during the day, unlike most other ducks.
  • They are easily domesticated and are quite tame even in the wild.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
FlankX
The lateral area posterior to the side of the bird’s body that extends back to the base of the tail.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X