Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Temporal range: 16.3–0 Ma Barstovian to Present
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Northern subspecies (D. a. autumnalis, note brown breast). The white wing patch, a tell-tale feature of this species, is conspicuous in flight.
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D. a. discolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Dendrocygninae
Reichenbach, 1853
Genus: Dendrocygna
Swainson, 1837
Species: D. autumnalis
Binomial name
Dendrocygna autumnalis
Linnaeus, 1758

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), formerly also called Black-bellied Tree Duck, is a whistling duck that breeds from the southernmost United States and tropical Central to south-central South America. In the USA, it can be found year-round in parts of southeast Texas, and seasonally in southeast Arizona, and Louisiana's Gulf Coast. It is a rare breeder in such disparate locations as Florida, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina.

Other names

Black-bellied Whistling-duck, Autumnal tree duck, black-bellied tree duck, cornfield duck, long-legged tree duck, red-billed whistling duck, summer duck [2]


Adult has a rose-pink bill and feet[3]. Medium-sized, long-legged, very long-necked duck. Bill length ¾ head length; sloping forehead to shallow crown[4].

Juvenile has dusky bill and feet [3].

Similar species

Told apart from the Fulvous Whistling Duck by greyish (not tawny) head and neck and plain back [3].







  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). "Dendrocygna autumnalis". 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 Mayy 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  3. ^ a b c Garrigues, Richard and Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical Publication. ISBN 9780801473739. 
  4. ^ Stokes, Donald W. and Stokes, Lilian Q. (2010). Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9770316010504 Check |isbn= value: invalid prefix (help). 

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