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

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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.

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