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Spread and habitat
This species lives in the tropical belt of South America, Africa and Madagascar, near ponds, marshy areas and ponds. Gregary and sociable, she forms flocks of hundreds of individuals. It adapts very well to life in captivity. Docile and easy to tame.
It has no sexual dimorphism. Adults have white faces. On the back of the eyes and the chin strap, the head is black. Neck, part of the chest and back are reddish brown. Going from chest to belly the coloring becomes variegated, reddish brown and light gray, up to the undertail.
Wings and tail are brown. The young specimens are similar to adults, but the black and white of the head and neck are replaced by a uniform mustard-gray color. The beak and legs are leaden gray.
Size of 43-48 cm.
Nutrition and behavior
Active during the night, during the day it prefers to remain perched on a paw near the water.
The free diet is based on molluscs, insects, snails, seeds, berries and shoots which it procures by diving into the water and filtering the slime at the edges of the ponds. Raised need for a varied and balanced diet.
After a short but pleasant courtship, based on the mutual cleaning of the pens, couples are formed. The couple builds nests in the hollows of the trees or in the rocky ravines, where the female lays from 6 to 12 eggs, hatched by the latter and by the male, for about four weeks. Life takes place mainly within the group.
Bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata (photo www.fazendavisconde.com.br)
Bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata