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Plumed Whistling Duck - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by peterday
Hasties Swamp Queensland, Australia, July 2019
Dendrocygna eytoni


Photo © by Ken Doy
Lake Galletly Gatton Campus, Queensland, Australia, October 2017

40–45 cm (15¾-17¾ in)

  • Tall bird with a long neck
  • Pale face and foreneck
  • Light brown hind neck and crown
  • Brown upper back
  • Chestnut breast with black bars
  • Pink and grey bill
  • Pink feet and legs

Sexes similar

Similar Species

Paler than Wandering Whistling Duck


Asia and Australia:
Southeast Asia: Indonesia
Australasia: New Guinea, Australia: Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Margins of lagoons, pools, swamps, marshes, mangroves. Particularly fond of plains, grassland and meadows.


They form large, communal, mixed-species daytime roosts.


They have a basically vegetarian diet, eating grasses, herbs, sedges, and seeds. They feed at night and may fly some distance to the feeding grounds.


The nest is a grass-lined ground scrape sheltered by a bush or some other vegetation. The clutch consists of 10-12 white eggs, and both adults share the incubation and rearing duties. They are monogamous, forming a bond which may be for life.


  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 Oct 2017)
  4. Birds in Backyards

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