Length: 18-20 in Weight: 1.5-2.5 lbs
Distinctive red bill, black belly, and dark rufous body with white/buff outlining the wing. Compared to other ducks, whistling-ducks often stand in a distinctive upright posture.
Found year-round in southeast Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Main population is found year round along the Mexican coast and in South America.
The United States is at the extreme northern range limit for this species. While some Black-bellied Whistling-ducks remains year-round in the southern US, others migrate hundreds of miles to spend winter in Mexico.
Whistling-ducks were formerly called tree-ducks, as some species, including the Black-bellied Whistling-duck, have a habit of perching in trees.
Trust me. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a whistling-duck call.
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