White-faced Whistling Duck

White-faced whistling duck standingThis is a white-faced whistling duck.  It has a wide-spread range in both the Old World and New World.  In the Old World it is found in Africa and Madagascar, and in the New World it is found in the Caribbean islands and Central and South America.  It is called a whistling duck because its call sounds like it is whistling.  Its scientific name is Dendrocygna viduata.

White-faced whistling duck swimmingThe white-faced whistling duck lives near still freshwater lakes.  It usually nests on the ground, but sometimes nests in trees.  It lays 8-12 eggs.  It eats seeds and plants.

We saw the duck in these pictures at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.  We went there this summer.

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Raymie is a 9 year old boy who loves animals. He is always looking around for new animals. He wants to be a zookeeper someday.
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2 Responses to White-faced Whistling Duck

  1. Grandma Miller says:

    A whistling duck! I didn’t know those existed. Did you get to hear it whistle?

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