Whistling-duck.JPG (51343 bytes)Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eyetoni): is an erect duck, 415-615 millimetres tall, pale brown with a patchy pink bill, long pink legs and large, distinctive plumes on the flanks. The throat and underparts are pale and chest sides reddish.

Plumed Whistling Ducks may be observed in parties or dense flocks numbering thousands. They camp near water during the day and at night may travel long distances to feed on dry land. Their diet consists of grasses, legumes, herbs, water lilies, other vegetation, seeds and cultivated grain. In flight, they often call with a whistling sound.

The nest is a scrape, lined with grass and plant stems. Sometimes nesting occurs some distance from water. Eggs are white, smooth and pointed with 8-14 laid.

Plumed Whistling Ducks are found in northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, through Queensland and extending to southern New South Wales. So far they have not visited Yallaroo.

The bird illustrated was confined in an animal and bird display at Auburn Botanic Garden, western Sydney.