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Wandering Whistling-Duck

(Dendrocygna arcuata)
Alternate name(s): "Diving Whistling-Duck", "Tree-duck", "Water Whistling-Duck", "Whistling Tree Duck", "Whistling Duck*", "Wandering Tree Duck"
Aboriginal name(s): "chipala*"

Size: 55-60 cm
Weight: 750 g (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Wandering Whistling-Duck at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "australis"

ADULT

Near-frontal view of an adult Wandering Whistling-Duck
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Close-up lateral view of a Wandering Whistling-Duck (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, December 2014]

Lateral view of two Wandering Whistling-Ducks (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, December 2014]

Lateral view of a pair of Whistling-Ducks (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, January 2015]

Lateral view of a Wandering Whistling-Duck
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Near-dorsal view of a Wandering Whistling-Duck
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a Wandering Whistling-Duck
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Wandering Whistling-Duck on water
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Pair of Wandering Whistling-Ducks (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2013]

Near-dorsal view of Wandering Whistling-Ducks
[Fogg Dam NR, NT, August 2014]

Three Wandering Whistling-Ducks near a footpath; a disturbance of tens of Purple Swamphens in the vicinity made them fly away before a closer shot could be obtained
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Lateral view of a Wandering Whistling-Duck at take-off (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, January 2015]

Lateral view of Wandering Whistling-Ducks in flight
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Near-dorsal view of a Whistling-Duck in flight
[Gordonbrook Dam, near Kingaroy, QLD, March 2016]

Mixed flock of Wandering Whistling-Ducks and Plumed Whistling-Ducks in a tropical floodplain, avoiding a saltwater crocodile (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Mary River, NT, August 2008]

Comparison between Pacific Black Ducks, right, and a Wandering Whistling-Duck, left (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, December 2014]

Close-up lateral view of Wandering Whistling Ducks in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Close-up lateral view of two resting Wandering Whistling Ducks in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Nomadic Elementary unit: Flock

It is a bit unusual for them to be seen (details above) in small numbers. Probably these few were exploring new possibilities at Narrabri Lake. Usually Wandering Whistling-Ducks come in large flocks.

Food, Diet

Like all other geese, ducks and swans, Wandering Whistling-Ducks are vegetarian. They feed on underwater plants.

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