Newquay Zoo has welcomed a flock of White-faced Whistling ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) to their African Wetlands exhibit. These beautiful birds are highly vocal with a loud tuneful whistle.
Dendrocygna viduata are a Tropical duck, native to a vast range encompassing freshwater wetlands, estuaries and even rice plantations across large areas of the African continent, Central and South America and the Caribbean. They can be nomadic as they search for food, and water, however they rarely travel further than 500kms. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the conservation status is ‘Least Concern’ which suggests a bright future for these little ducks.
Gary Ward, Senior Bird Keeper at Newquay Zoo, said ‘This flock of 15 birds are a great addition to our collection and will enhance the diversity of our wetlands exhibit, we also enjoy being serenaded with whistles every morning! We plan to build up the flock so hope to see some ducklings in the near future.’
Picture courtesy of Myles Lamont.

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