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White-faced whistling duck

Dendrocygna viduata

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae

At Paignton Zoo we have a flock of White-faced whistling ducks, you can find them in Flamingo Lake by the main entrance.

In their natural environment of South America and sub-Saharan Africa, white-faced whistling ducks occupy a wide range of habitats and are often found in dense flocks. Their preference is for flood plains and large lagoons.

Interesting facts!

  • As their name implies, these are noisy birds with a high-pitched whistling call.
  • The species will often nest on the ground or in hollow trees and lay 8 to12 eggs. Both parents share incubation duties for 28 days.


This duck is an abundant species in the wild today with no major threats.