whistling-ducks, Dendrocygna spp.
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whistling-ducks, Dendrocygna spp.

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in Uw Oykangand
in Uw Olkola

Plumed whistling-duck, Dendrocygna eytoni at Pormpuraaw, March 1997 [PH].

Plumed whistling-duck, Dendrocygna eytoni at Taronga zoo, Syndey [PH].

There are two whistling-duck (genus Dendrocygna, family Anatidae) species in Australia, both found in central Cape York Peninsula. They are the plumed whistling-duck, Dendrocygna eytoni (shown in the image accompanying images) and the wandering whistling-duck, Dendrocygna arcuata.

In English they are commonly called "whistleduck." They have their name because of their loud whistling calls and the whistling noise their wings make during flight.

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.