Scientific Name: Dendrocygna javanica
Malay Name: Belibis Kecil
Chinese Name: 栗树鸭
Alternative Name(s): Whistling Teal, Lesser Treeduck, Indian Whistling Duck
Range: Found from Indian subcontinent, Southern China, mainland Southeast Asia to Indonesia.
Size: 38-41 cm
Identification: 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 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.
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.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Lesser Whistling Duck. Retrieved on December 6, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/lesser-whistling-duck.