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Spotted whistling duck (Spotted tree duck)

Dendrocygna guttata

Gevlekte fluiteend / Tümpfelpfeifgans / Dendrocygne tacheté


The spotted whistling duck is a member of the duck family Anatidae. Its range is the Philippines south through central Indonesia to New Guinea. It has recently colonised Australia, with a small population now resident at Weipa on the western coast of Cape York Peninsula. 

The species superficially resembles Dendrocygna arborea, but has sometimes been thought to be closest to Dendrocygna eytoni


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 100,000-1,000,000 km². It has a large global population estimated to be 10,000-25,000 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 (IUCN, 2012).


Spotted whistling duck 

Above: adult pair, the male and female resemble very much


Spotted whistling duck 

Above: three adult birds and two ducklings


Dendrocygna arborea

Above: an adult spotted whistling duck



Above: juvenile Spotted whistling duck



Above: juvenile Spotted whistling duck



Above: juvenile Spotted whistling duck



Above: juvenile Spotted whistling duck


Above: juvenile Spotted whistling ducks

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