Fulvous Whistling-Duck Life History


Habitat Marshes

  • Freshwater wetlands, especially shallow impoundments managed for rice. Also flooded grasslands and pasture.
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Food PlantsSeeds of water plants, rice, aquatic invertebrates.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

A simple bowl in dense floating or flooded emergent vegetation.

Nesting Facts
Egg Description:White to buffy white.
Condition at Hatching:Downy young leave the nest soon after hatching.
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Behavior DabblerNo obvious courtship displays. Dabbles at and just below waterline. Makes shallow dives and tips-up. A filter-feeder, not a grazer.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on Fulvous Whistling-Duck population size, but according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, numbers on the continent remained stable between 1966 and 2015. The species rates an 8 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Fulvous Whistling-Duck is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List. Pesticide exposure may pose a risk to these ducks because of their close association with agriculture. Back to top


Hohman, William L. and Sarah A. Lee. 2001. Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, J. E. Hines, D. J. Ziolkowski, Jr., K. L. Pardieck, J. E. Fallon, and W. A. Link (2017). The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966–2015. Version 2.07.2017. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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