Juvenile- Duck White Faced Tree pinioned or flying

Product No. ADLT-WFT

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Physical Characteristics= These birds average 17-19 inches (43-48 cm) in length and weigh between 17.7-28.9 ounces (502-820 g). Males are usually smaller than females. The name white-faced whistling duck comes from the bird's white face and its characteristic three-note whistle. The bill is black, while the throat is white. The back of the head and neck are black. Legs and feet are gray. The lower neck, chest and back are rust colored, while the sides are narrowly barred black and white. They are long-legged and long-necked ducks.Life SpanLife span in the wild not documented. A white-faced whistling duck lived nearly 12 years at the Woodland Park Zoo.HabitatWhite-faced whistling ducks live in a variety of wetland areas. Their prefer bodies of freshwater in open areas. They sometimes live in very small bodies of open water.Diet=In the wild: These ducks are primarily night feeders, and the mainstay of their diet is vegetation such as grass, seeds and rice, as well as aquatic invertebrates. They are particularly fond of seeds and fruits of water lilies. White-faced whistling ducks obtain their food by dabbling and diving.In Captivity= game bird chow, mealworms, grasses and romaine.Reproduction= The breeding season for white-faced whistling ducks varies, although they seem to prefer the wet seasons. They build their nests on the ground in tall grass, usually out of grass or reeds. The female lays four to 13 eggs and incubates them for 26 -28 days. Eggs are creamy white with a pinkish hue. Nestlings are greenish-black to olive-brown on the upper side, with cream-colored spots on the back. The underside is a pale yellow. Chicks fledge in about eight weeks.Information found at http://www.zoo.org/animal-facts/whistlingduck