Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Basic Description

The Fulvous Whistling-Duck is a medium-sized waterbird that belongs to the family Anatidae. It measures around 18-22 inches in length and has a wingspan of about 35-40 inches, making it quite a large species of duck. The bird boasts an overall cinnamon-brownish coloration with black underparts and long legs.

Where To Find This Bird

Fulvous Whistling-Ducks are primarily found in parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. They usually migrate across these regions but can also be spotted all year round in their breeding grounds located throughout Mexico and southern Texas.


These ducks have adapted to aquatic habitats ranging from freshwater marshes, swamps, lagoons as well as both natural or artificial wetlands such as rice fields. Interestingly they are good at perching on trees which means that you might spot them on tree branches hanging over lakes or rivers.


Fulvous Whistling-ducks feed mainly on plant matter like seeds or leaves but will occasionally eat small insects and crustaceans. When feeding they tend to wade through shallow waters while searching for food using their bills to sift through mud looking for edible items.

Cool Facts

One cool fact about this bird species is its unique whistle-like vocalization – hence its name ‘whistling’ duck! Additionally, unlike most other ducks that build nests close to waters edge; whistling ducks nest high up in trees typically nesting alongside other birds such as egrets or ibis.

In conclusion,
the Fulvous Whistling-Duck is a remarkable bird species with several impressive physical adaptations allowing it survival within aquatic environments from Central & Southern American countries into various parts of North America. Be sure to keep your ears and eyes open for this intriguing species next time you find yourself around marshes, swamps or wetlands.