Lesser Whistling Duck

Scientific Name: Dendrocygna javanica
Malay Name: Belibis Kecil
Chinese Name: 栗树鸭
Alternative Name(s): Whistling Teal, Lesser Treeduck, Indian Whistling Duck

Found from Indian subcontinent, Southern China, mainland Southeast Asia to Indonesia.


Size: 38-41 cm

Distinguished from Wandering Whistling Duck by smaller size, distinctive yellow eyering, very fine whitish plumes at the flanks and reddish-chestnut uppertail-coverts.

Similar looking species: Wandering Whistling Duck

Habitat: Various wetlands like lakes, marshes and ponds.

Behaviour/Ecology: Very gregarious. Can form big flocks in suitable habitats.

Local Status: Uncommon breeding resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, Lorong Halus, Kranji Marsh, West Coast Park, Punggol Barat and Jurong Central Park.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Dendrocygna javanica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22679758A92828691.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.