White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata


The White-faced Whistling-duck is a boldly patterned resident of freshwater marshes from Costa Rica to northern Argentina and Uruguay.  With a black head and crown and white cheek and forehead, the White-faced Whistling-Duck easily is distinguishable from other species in the genus Dendrocygna. These birds are mainly night foragers and feed on a variety of food items including grass, seeds, and aquatic mollusks.  During the breeding season, White-faced Whistling-Ducks form loose colonies and create nests in long grass or in reedbeds made out of the surrounding vegetation.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wfwduc1