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fulvous whistling duck

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fulvous whistling duck Fast Facts

  • Location: Tropical regions around the world
  • Habitat: Wetlands areas
  • Lifespan: Between 6 - 7 years
  • Diet: Herbivore - aquatic plants, grasses and seeds
  • Length: up to 53cm
  • Weight: up to 1kg
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Overview

The Fulvous Whistling duck is also know as the Fulvous Tree duck. The breed across the worlds tropical regions including much of Mexico and South America, the southern United States, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. They have reddish brown plumage with long grey legs and a long grey beak. They have a whistling sound when in flight and on the ground.

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Diet

They are herbivores, eating aquatic plants, grasses and seeds.

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Reproduction

Breeding depends on the availability of water. They are a ground nesting bird, but sometimes make a nest in a tree hollow. The female will lay a clutch of up to 10 eggs and both parents will incubate the eggs until they hatch after about 28 days. The chicks will leave the nest after a few days but the parents will protect the hatchlings for up to 9 weeks.

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Threats + Conservation

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Fun facts

These ducks make a whistling noise when in flight and on the ground as a form of communication.

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fulvous whistling duck Gallery

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