Harteman Wildfowl, presented by Jan Harteman

Lesser whistling duck (Lesser tree duck)

Dendrocygna javanica

Java fluiteend (Java boomeend) 

Zwergpfeifgans / Dendrocygne d'Inde

The Lesser whistling duck is also known as Indian whistling duck as it breeds in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. They are nocturnal feeders and during the day may be found in flocks around lakes and wet paddy fields. They can perch on trees and sometimes build their nest in the hollow of a tree. 

 

This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 1,000,000-10,000,000 km². It has a large global population estimated to be 200,000-2,000,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

 

The smallest of all Whistling ducks, this duck is also most sensitive for cold temperatures. 

 

Lesser whistling duck

 

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Above: Lesser whistling ducks, among others

 

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Above: Lesser whistling ducks, among others

 

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Above: adult Lesser whistling duck

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