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  Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)





Plumed Whistling Duck | Dendrocygna eytoni photo
Plumed Whistling Duck photographed at Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Plumed Whistling Duck | Dendrocygna eytoni photo
Whistling ducks are often seen in large groups. Photographed at Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Plumed Whistling Duck | Dendrocygna eytoni photo
Plumed Whistling-Duck, Gatton, Queensland

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Grass Whistling Duck has distinctive pale plumed feathers on wings. Makes a distinctive whistling call.

Other Names
Grass Whistling Duck

Size
50 cm

Habitat
Found around swamps and waterholes.

Food
tropical grasses

Breeding
nest is a scrape in the ground, sparsely lined with grass, usually under shelter of a bush. Lays 8-14 eggs.

Range
northern and eastern tropics of Australia, extending to New South Wales in the east

distribution map showing range of Dendrocygna eytoni in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Dendrocygna
Species:eytoni
Common Name:Plumed Whistling Duck

Relatives in same Genus
  Wandering Whistling-Duck (D. arcuata)
  Spotted Whistling-Duck (D. guttata)