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Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

The Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks call is one of the most unique of the waterfowl. They are very vocal birds that tends to be found in large groups. The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck is a beautiful bird. It has a light red to pinkish bill, pinkish feet and a grey face. The dark eyes are set off by a white rings. Brown to chestnut feathers adorn the breast and of course it has black feathers on its belly. In flight, the black wings with a white patch make identification easy. If you are walking around your yard at evening, you may have heard the whistling flocks fly by.
If you are looking to find large groups, it is not hard to find them. Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks will congregate around golf course ponds and along flag ponds that have cattails or water lilies. They will wait in these groups and begin feeding at night.
Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks mate for life and have about 12 to 19 eggs. They tend to nest in tree holes or cavities. The survival rate for fledglings is low due to predators such as raccoons, snakes, fish and predatory birds. They search for food in agricultural fields that contain corn, millet or rice. They are year-long resident in Florida.

Cover Photo Credit: Jim E. Davis

 

2 Comments on “Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

  1. Liked your notes on whistling ducks. We have some in the Bridgeport Lake Sumter neighborhood on Buena Vista. We enjoy their daily flights over our yard nightly. You can hear who they are.
    Best wishes, have not seen you for while but none of us have really seen anyone for a while.

    • Hi Chuck! I am teaching some classes at The Villages Enrichment Academy- Meet Your Local Wildlife.
      Hope to see you there or maybe one of our upcoming Hikes. 2/5 and 2/19. If interested on the Hikes, email me dvisshdn@ufl.edu
      Best,

      Jim

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