Whistling Ducks

White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)

The White-faced Whistling-Duck is fairly common over all of sub-Saharan Africa, absent only from the dry Karoo-Kalahari and the wet Congo Basin. Curiously, it also occurs in South America (as does its close relative the Fulvous Whistling-Duck) and – along with the Comb Duck – are the only waterfowl to occur on both sides of the Atlantic.

The whistling-ducks are more closely related to swans and geese than they are to other ducks and are named for their distinctive whistled calls used to maintain contact among flock members.

Leeupan, Kruger National Park, South Africa, November 2010

White-faced Whistling Ducks

About Duncan Butchart

Duncan Butchart is interested in all aspects of the natural world, with a particular fascination for birds and their ecological relationships.
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