Lesser Whistling Duck

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

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 breeding resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia