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નાનીસીસોટી Lesser Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna javanica


This chestnut brown duck is confusable only with the Fulvous Whistling Duck (D. bicolor) but has chestnut upper-tail coverts unlike the creamy white in the latter. When flying straight, their head is held below the level of the body as in other Dendrocygna species. The crown appears dark and the sexes are alike in plumage. They fly slowly but with rapid wing-flapping and usually produce a repetitive wheezy seasick call as they circle overhead. They are very nocturnal and often rest during the day. The outermost primary feather has the inner vane modified. This has been said to aid in producing a whistling sound in flight, although this has not been supported by field studies.


Local names like sili and silhahi in India are based on their wheezy two-note calls. They become very tame in captivity, walking about and responding to whistles. Individuals in captivity in the USA have lived for up to 9 years. VGA pics

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Lesser Whistling Duck
Dendrocygna javanica Lesser Whistling Duck

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Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Thanks Satyen for ID

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Thanks ArgyBee,

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Watercolour paintings! Thanks Sachin.

Sachin Zaveri
Spotted by
Sachin Zaveri

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Jun 19, 2012

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