Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

photo by Phil Swanson

Dendrocygna autumnalis
L 21″ (53 cm).

Song or calls:
High-pitched, four-note whistle.

Description: Sexes similar. Adult has gray face with white eye ring, red bill. Legs pink or red; belly, rump and tail black; breast chestnut. Juvenile is paler, with gray bill.

Habitat: Woodland streams, ponds and marshes.

Where in Nebraska: In Nebraska, look for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks in late May and October in the Rainwater Basin. Rare casual summer and fall visitor.

Field Notes: Normally found in Texas, Arizona and Mexico.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - photo by Phil Swanson
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