Plumed Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna eytoni

In the picture you can see two plumed sickle whistling ducks caring for each other's plumage. IUCN Red List endangerment category: Least concern
  • Family
    Anatidae (Ducks, geese and swans)
  • Weight
    0,5 – 1 kg
  • Habitat
    Coastal areas, grasslands

Duck down under

The Plumed whistling duck is native to Australia. It is mainly found in the northeast of the continent. As herbivore, it benefits from the expansion of agricultural pastures. The population is considered stable. In the dry season, Plumed whistling ducks gather in large flocks near permanent bodies of water.

A plumed whistling duck stands in front of the camera and looks directly into it.

The other duckling

Due to its long neck and habit of resting in trees, the scientific name of the Whistling duck translates as “tree swan”. They are easily distinguished from other ducks by their upright stance and long legs. The males of this species have bright orange eyes, while the females’ eyes are yellow.

The Plumed whistling duck gets its name from the prominent, crescent-shaped plumes extending from its flanks.