|Black-bellied Whistling Duck
(aka Red-billed Whistling-duck, Black-bellied Tree-duck)
The Black-bellied Whistling-duck is found from southern USA through Central and South America to northern Argentina. It prefers ponds and lakes close to trees and often near agricultural land.
|It is essentially a
vegetarian feeding on grass, seeds and grain found by grazing on
the ground or dabbling in the water.
It is often seen perched on trees where it also nests in tree holes. We saw some perched on the top of dead Mauritia palms.
|It is easily identified with
its red bill and legs, grey head, brown neck and back and black
belly. The subspecies Dendrocygna autumnalis discolor
which is seen in these photos differs from the nominate
subspecies in having a grey breast band between the brown neck
and the black belly.
In flight it is described as having a "droopy" look but the most obvious features are the white wing stripe and the red bill and legs which differentiates it from all other flying whistling-ducks.
states that "Flocks do not mix with viduata or other ducks" but as can be seen
in the first two photos, small groups do mix with White-faced
Photos 1 to 3 were taken in Roraima and these birds were recorded by Jeremy Minns.
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