Alternative names: Black-billed Whistling-Duck, Cuban Whistling-Duck
- Dendrocygna arborea
48-58 cm. Long black bill, long head and legs, pale foreneck, light brown face, dark brown-black crown, back, breast and wings, white underparts with heavy black markings. Sexes are similar; juveniles are duller.
This species is monotypic.
Wooded swamps, mangroves and rice plantations, so found in both freshwater and saltwater environs.
Nocturnal feeder, most often will be concealed in places like mangroves during day.
They nest in tree cavities, on branches, in clumps of bromeliads, and on the ground under thatch palms and other dense bushes. 10-16 eggs are laid.
Their diet includes plant food.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Raffaele, H, J Wiley, OH Garrido, A Keith, JI Raffaele. 2003. Birds of the West Indies. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691113197
- The West Indian Whistling Duck was the bird of the month of the Society for Conservation and study of Caribbean Birds recently; this is a relatively complete presentation of the species.