Living Bird Magazine
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
- ORDER: Anseriformes
- FAMILY: Anatidae
One of the most widespread species of waterfowl in the world, the Fulvous Whistling-Duck has a limited distribution in the southern United States. Its mostly seed-based diet makes it fond of rice-growing areas.More ID Info
- Suirirí Bicolor (Spanish)
- Dendrocygne fauve (French)
- Cool Facts
- In some ways, whistling-ducks act more like swans than ducks. The male helps to take care of the offspring and a mated pair stays bonded for many years.
- Pesticides applied to rice in the 1960s caused declines in Texas and Louisiana populations. Numbers have recovered and stabilized since then.
- The Fulvous Whistling-Duck is a frequent nest parasite, laying eggs in other Fulvous Whistling-Duck nests, as well as the nests of other duck species. These other duck species often lay their eggs in Fulvous Whistling-Duck nests as well.
- Unlike many other ducks which have elaborate courtship displays, whistling-ducks appear to have none.
- Other than in agricultural habitats, the Fulvous Whistling-Duck nests only rarely in the United States. It started breeding in the United States only in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, nesting in rice fields.
- The oldest recorded Fulvous Whistling-Duck was a male, and at least 11 years, 2 months old when he was shot in Cuba in 2004. He had been banded in Florida in 1993.