Wandering Whistling-Duck

The plumage is generally dark, brown on the back, rear of neck and top of head, and chestnut-brown on the belly, with conspicuous white feathers along the side of the body and base of tail. Unlike the closely-related and superficially similar Plumed Whistling-Duck, the Wandering Whistling-Duck readily swims in water and obtains some food, mainly aquatic plants and seeds, by diving below the surface of the water, but is most often sighted on mudflats at the margins of waterways. Outside of breeding times it can form large flocks.

Scientific name: Dendrocygna arcuata

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