Scientifically referred to as Dendrocygna viduata, the White-faced whistling duck is an interesting bird species that breeds in South America and the sub Saharan Africa including Uganda where it is explored on Uganda birding safaris and tours.
to be gregarious species, the white-faced whistling ducks thrive in
large flocks generating a very impressive viewing experience. This makes
them species of interest among the world birders including those on birding safaris in Uganda.
white-faced whistling duck feature long bill that is grey in color,
long legs, black head and neck but with white face which forms the
background for their naming. Both sexes feature similar appearance.
habitats, the white-faced whistling duck thrives in a range of fresh
water habitats that include; swamps, lakes, flood plains and large
rivers such as River Nile where they are viewed in the Uganda Safari
destination of Murchison Falls National Park. The White-faced whistling
duck prefer wetlands in open country featuring sandbars or mud and
diverse vegetation that they use for nesting.
whistling duck feeds on seeds along with other plant food. It lays a
range of 8 – 12 eggs in the stick nest close to the ground and rarely do
they nest in trees.
Regarding conservation, the ling duck is
listed as species of least concern on the red list of International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).