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.
A Black-bellied Whistling Duck – Dendrocygna autumnalis joins West Indian Whistling Ducks, Whistlers – Dendrocygna 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.
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.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – All About Birds – Identification, Life History and Sound