Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Ducks, Geese and Swans :: Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor

Described by: Vieillot (1816)
Alternate common name(s): Fulvous Whistling Duck, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Fulvous Tree-duck
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Bahrain - 2001 © Dave Behrens  Colombia - Date unknown © Juan Guillermo Jaramillo  Colombia - Date unknown © Juan Guillermo Jaramillo  Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA - Mar 12, 2005 © Peter Moulton  near Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas, USA - Dec 30, 2004 © Cory Gregory 
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Cosmopolitan in tropical regions;
Fragmented distribution;
S. United States (c. and s. California, sw. Arizona, c. and e. Texas, Gulf coast of s. Louisiana and s. Florida), Mexico (n. Baja, s. Sonora, Nayarit, Jalisco (Lago de Chapala) to Oaxaca and Tamaulipas, Veracruz to Campeche, Valley of Mexico, Chiapas, Yucatan), West Indies (Cuba and other Greater and Lesser Antilles to Barbados, Grenada and Tobago), Guatemala (Lake Retana in winter), El Salvador, c. Honduras (Lake Yojoa), nw. Costa Rica (Tempisque Basin), e. Panama (La Jagua marshes, Darien), n. Colombia (Caribbean coast from Sinu Valley to w. base of the Santa Marta Mt., Cauca Valley to lower Magdalena Valley, Cundinamarca, s. Boyaca, Arauca, w. Meta), Ecuador to nw. Peru and in n. Venezuela (Zulia, Tachira, Portuguesa, Apure, Guarico, Aragua), Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, Guiana, c. and e. Brazil (Bahia, Para s. and w. to the Mato Grosso) to e. Ecuador and e. Peru, ex. n., e. and se. Bolivia (Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Tarija), Paraguay, Uruguay s. to c. Argentina (Santa Fe, Buenos Aires), occasionally to c. Chile (Santiago, O'Higgins, Colchagua). In Africa, in a narrow band just s. of the Sahara from Senegal, sw. Mauritania, c. Mali, Upper Volta, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, ex. sw. Niger, n. Benin, c. Nigeria, n. Cameroon, Gabon, ex. s. Chad, c. Central African Republic and s. and se. Sudan to Ethiopia and nw. and s. Somalia, s. to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, e. and s. Zaire, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, n. and e. Botswana, n. Namibia, n. and e. Botswana to s. South Africa (Transvaal, e. Natal) and Madagascar. In Asia, s. Pakistan (Sind), India (Decca, Assam, Manipur), Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma s. to Pegu. Hawaii (Oahu, James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and Kauai).
North America n. of Mexican border
Summer: s. CAL (Imperial Valley), coastal TEX and LOU, and s. FLA (Myakka River); Winter: less common in the winter in s. CAL, sw. ARZ, coastal TEX and LOU, s. FLA;
Wanders widely and sporadically, so that it may occur almost anywhere in North America.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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