The Spotted Whistling-Duck is a whistling duck from Cape York Peninsula. It has dark brown back and wings and pale grey face. There is a small crest on top of the head that can be raised. The underside is pale buff colour. The sides are brown with large white spots. It does not have prominent wing plumes like other species of whistling ducks. Juvenile birds are duller with streaks instead of spots on the sides.
water plants, grasses, small invertebrates
nests in a tree hollow or in vegetation near water.
The Spotted Whistling-Duck is from the Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and New Guinea. In Australia it is found on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland..
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Spotted Whistling-Duck|
Relatives in same Genus
Wandering Whistling-Duck (D. arcuata)
Plumed Whistling Duck (D. eytoni)