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  Spotted Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna guttata)





Spotted Whistling-Duck | Dendrocygna guttata photo
Spotted Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna guttata).

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Spotted Whistling-Duck | Dendrocygna guttata photo
Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna guttata) Lockhart River, Cape York, North Queensland, Australia

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BIRD FACTS

Description
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.

Size
50 cm

Habitat
wetlands

Food
water plants, grasses, small invertebrates

Breeding
nests in a tree hollow or in vegetation near water.

Range
The Spotted Whistling-Duck is from the Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and New Guinea. In Australia it is found on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland..

distribution map showing range of Dendrocygna guttata 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:guttata
Common Name:Spotted Whistling-Duck

Relatives in same Genus
  Wandering Whistling-Duck (D. arcuata)
  Plumed Whistling Duck (D. eytoni)