BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Fulvous Whistling Duck



Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (Vieillot, 1816)

Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor (Vieillot, 1816)

(Extremely rare, escape)

  1. Two, not aged, 7th-8th Nov. 1998 (N.R. Milbourne, R.M. Curber et al.).

While we were carrying out a WeBS count I spotted two strange ducks in the flooded trees at Hellfire Corner. I brought them to the attention of the other counters and whilst we thought they were whistling ducks, we couldn't put a name to them. I made some basic notes and after the count Roy Curber and I consulted my library and were able to identify them as Fulvous Whistling Ducks Dendrocygna bicolor. The following day they were in Holt Bay but not seen subsequently. It is a pan-tropical species that is mainly resident, though making local movements, and has occurred in southern Europe. However, these were undoubtedly escapees.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) website

Updated 5 January, 2013