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Lesser Whistling Duck - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Lesser Whistling Teal

Photo © by Chaiyan
central Thailand, July 2003
Dendrocygna javanica


Monomorphic M & F in breeding season
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, July-2016

38–42 cm

  • Buff head, neck and underparts
  • Darker crown
  • Darkish grey back and wings
  • Chestnut chestnut uppertail-coverts
  • Yellow eyering
  • Long grey bill
  • Long head
  • Longish legs

Juvenile duller


Asia: found in Mongolia, China, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Andaman, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas and Bali


This is a monotypic species[1].


Shallow water, such as ponds, flooded fields and ox-bow lakes.


Photo © by Dhilip De Alwis
Sri Lanka, September 2014


They nest in tree holes, old nests of other birds, or on a stick platform near the ground. The clutch consists of 6-12 eggs.


Vegetarian. Their diet consists of grass, water weed shoots, seeds and rice.


Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
Sound made by a group.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2015)
  4. Trek Nature

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