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Lesser Indian Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna javanica

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Dendrocygna javanica
Class: Bird
Weight: 550 to 600 grams
Life span: 9 to 10 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 7 to 12 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN ASIA

The lesser Indian whistling duck is native to India and southeast Asia. They stick closely to lakes, swamps, and other bodies of water.


I AM AN OMNIVORE

The lesser Indian whistling duck will typically eat aquatic plants as well as cultivated rice grains. However, they are also known to eat small fish, frogs and aquatic invertebrates.


LESSER INDIAN WHISTLING DUCKS ARE SOCIAL

Lesser Indian whistling ducks often fly and swim around lowland wetlands in flocks. When eggs are laid, both parents share the responsibility of incubating them.


ACTIVE AT NIGHT

The lesser Indian whistling duck is nocturnal. They often rest during the day and spend most of the nighttime foraging for food.


HELPING THE LESSER INDIAN WHISTLING DUCK IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Lesser Indian whistling ducks play a role in seed dispersal in their ecosystem, as well as keeping certain fish, frog, and invertebrate populations under control.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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