Thursday, 18 June 2015

Day 227 - Wistful Whistling Ducks

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Hey everyone today's Day 227 and, as you know, I like to go to Washington Wetlands and Wildfowl Centre. There are lots of lovely water birds there and I love the idea of getting worldwide birds that are endangered and make enclosures for them, as well as breeding them and putting them into incubation areas so they have a very good chance of hatching. But
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.
What's that?!
  • 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.
"Look over there!" "Oohh! Good spot!"
  • 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,



  1. Lovely post Zach, such lovely ducks! - Tasha

  2. They seem to build massive nests - there was one on twitter today with about 50 eggs in it