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Flock of Black-Bellied Whistling-Ducks - Manchac

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS

Dendrocygna autumnalis

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Brown heads and backs, black belly, orange bill, gray face, white rings around the eyes, white wing stripe, and pink legs
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Fulvous whistling-duck in other areas; nothing in North Louisiana
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Trend Increasing
  • DIET: Grains, seeds, and insects
  • HABITAT: Shallow ponds, parks, fields
  • NESTING: Eggs are placed on debris in tree cavities, nest boxes, or on the ground; debris may be grasses arranged in a shallow bowl formation
  • BEHAVIOR: Often nocturnal, perch in trees and on logs near water
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: One of few ducks to perch in trees
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring and Summer