|Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)|
anyway, today's post is about the lovely Whistling Duck, specifically the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck.
So, here are the facts:
- From the facts that I have found, it seems there are around 1,000,000 of these birds in the UK and these birds are also of Least Concern.
- They do have a couple of threats, though. Like all aquatic birds, they are susceptible to Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and a sudden outburst of this could affect the population.
- They are also hunted around the World and they could be hunted to extinction. It's unlikely but it could happen like the Dodo's story.
- They have a length range from 47cm to 56cm and their wingspan ranges from 76cm to 94cm. Their weight ranges from 652g in Females to 1,020g in Males.
- There are two species of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks. The Northern and the Southern. The Northern one is larger and has a brown front and back while the Southern one has a grey front and back.
- Even though they are water birds, they will live in nest boxes created for them in wooded areas as well as gardens.
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- One Female, on average, will lay 13 eggs and several Females will lay in one nest site meaning one Female can incubate and the others can find food.
- Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks dabble for their food which consists of plants, including grasses and agricultural crops.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,