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Plumed Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna eytoni

Description:

The Plumed Whistling-Duck is one of two whistling or tree ducks found in Australia. It is a tall, long necked duck, with very prominent long lanceolate off-white plumes edged in black along the flanks. The face and foreneck are light, the crown and hind neck are pale brown and the brown feathers of the upper back are edged buff. The breast is pale chestnut, finely barred in black. The bill is mottled pink and grey and the legs and feet are pink. It is also known as Grass Whistle Duck, Eyton's Plumed, Red-legged or Whistling Tree-duck, Grass, Grey or Red-legged Whistler, and the Monkey Duck.

Habitat:

Spotted in a large flock, by a dam in backyard. This group spends the day at this dam & fly out at night, most likely to grasslands to feed. They can be heard whistling overhead as they leave.

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35 Comments (1–25)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks a lot mac!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Nice pics Alice

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks!

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 8 years ago

nice!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Not a problem! Glad you enjoyed it!

WildlifeLover
WildlifeLover 8 years ago

What interesting calls they have, thanks for sharing it.

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks reza and daniele! I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to be able to hear their amazing calls! I love them

Beautiful !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Nice series and great recording Alice!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

I've uploaded a video with the calls of the ducks. The clicking noises seem to be made when their on land, but you'll hear some of their 'whistles' in there too. Everyone should have a listen, it's a very unique call!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

They certainly are Emily!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 8 years ago

Beautiful ducks!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

I might do that actually Jemma! Great idea!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Maybe you could create one on "Waterfowl of New South Wales"

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Does anyone know of any specific duck missions I can add these beauties to?

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks alice! Much appreciated!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Fantastic series!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

From what i've read males and females are quite similiar in appearance however the males have longer 'lanceolates' ( the white feathers that stick up). Perhaps in the first photo the duck on the far left is female, as it's feathers are shorter, & the other 2 are males, but i can't be sure.

WildlifeLover
WildlifeLover 8 years ago

Can you tell the females from the males?

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Not a problem! It's good to see everyone else loves these pretty birds as much as i do!

WildlifeLover
WildlifeLover 8 years ago

What pretty birds, their plumage is unlike any duck i've ever seen. Thanks for sharing

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks Mona. I agree 100% they're gorgeous birds!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

So beautiful...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks Shanna and Mark! This dam at the back of my yard is the only place i've seen them and i'm lucky it's such a big flock. Their plumage is amazing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fabulous Alice. I quite like the light. Amazing ducks... I've heard of them but never have seen them. Thanks.

AliceGreenup
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AliceGreenup

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jul 26, 2013
Submitted on Jul 26, 2013

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