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Fulvous Whistling Duck

About Fulvous Whistling Duck

This bird is a long-legged, large-winged and long-necked, largely tawny duck.

Bill is gray; legs blue-gray; face, neck sides, breast and belly tawny. Throat and foreneck buffy-white, speckled with black on lower neck. Top of crown brown, continues as a brown line down the back of the neck to the upper back. Upperparts black with broad cinnamon edgss to feathers. Tawny underparts accented by crisp white stripes on flanks, vent white.

Flight: Appears tawny with blackish wings, including underwings. Lower back and tail black, contrasting with white rump band.

In flight, the Fulvous Whistling Duck shows a strong contrast between blackish underwings and tawny body, and a white rump band.

This duck has a 2-note high-pitched, nasal, whistled call, pt-TZEEW, accent on second syllable.

This bird is fairly comon, widlely distributed in New World tropics south to central Argentina, as well as in Africa and Indian subcontinent. They stay year round in freshwater grassy wetlands; rice fields are comonly used. The have a short distance migratory pattern, some of Florida population moving south to Cuba and some of California and Texas.

They arrive on breeding grounds in February and March. They head southward in August to late September.

Their populations have fluctuated noticeably historically. However, the California population and range has seriously decreased and contracted since the mid-1900’s and is now basically extirpated.