Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Rare winter visitor to the Cayman Islands

Range: Texas to Argentina

A striking and distinctive-looking duck of the Neotropics, with a red bill and long pink legs.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, North Sound Estates, Grand Cayman. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, North Sound Estates, Grand Cayman. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

A Black-bellied Whistling DuckDendrocygna autumnalis joins West Indian Whistling Ducks, WhistlersDendrocygna arborea, the only duck to breed in the Cayman Islands, where it is a protected species, listed as Endangered, range: Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Greater Antilles and northern Lesser Antilles as far south as Antiqua and Barbuda and Martinique.

West Indian Whistling Ducks and rare winter visitor, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, feeding by the canal at North Sound Estates. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

West Indian Whistling Ducks and rare winter visitor, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, feeding by the canal at North Sound Estates. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

West Indian Whistling Ducks and rare winter visitor, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, feeding by the canal at North Sound Estates. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

West Indian Whistling Ducks and rare winter visitor, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, feeding by the canal at North Sound Estates. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

A flock of about 25 Whistlers regularly show up to be fed at North Sound Estates, Grand Cayman. These protected ducks are well-loved in Cayman and people feed them at different locations, so their numbers are increasing.

Photos: Katie Moore, Jan.18, 2013.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, North Sound Estates, Grand Cayman. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, North Sound Estates, Grand Cayman. Photo: Katie Moore Jan.18, 2013

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – All About Birds – Identification, Life History and Sound

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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