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Dendrocygna arborea (West Indian Whistling-Duck; West Indian Whistling Duck)

Wikipedia Abstract

The West Indian whistling duck (Dendrocygna arborea) is a whistling duck that breeds in the Caribbean. Alternative names are black-billed whistling duck and Cuban whistling duck. The West Indian whistling duck is widely scattered throughout the West Indies, including a large breeding population in the Bahamas, and smaller numbers in Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Jamaica. It is largely sedentary, apart from local movements, which can be 100 km or more. Nests have been reported in tree cavities, on branches, in clumps of bromeliads, and on the ground under thatch palms and other dense bushes. The usual clutch size is 10-16 eggs. It habitually perches in trees, which gives rise to its specific name.
View Wikipedia Record: Dendrocygna arborea

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
5
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
48
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 11.0387
EDGE Score: 3.87442

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  2.271 lbs (1.03 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  54 grams
Female Weight [4]  2.535 lbs (1.15 kg)
Diet [3]  Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  40 %
Diet - Plants [3]  30 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  30 %
Forages - Ground [3]  80 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  20 %
Clutch Size [5]  9
Clutches / Year [6]  1
Incubation [1]  30 days
Snout to Vent Length [6]  21 inches (53 cm)

Ecoregions

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Buenavista Wetland Reserve 778949 Cuba    
Ciénaga de Zapata National Park 1606900 Cuba  
Parc National de Waza National Park II 349858 Cameroon  

Important Bird Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. Yes

Prey / Diet

Roystonea regia (royal palm)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aratinga euops (Cuban Parakeet)1
Patagioenas inornata (Plain Pigeon)1
Phyllonycteris poeyi (Cuban flower bat)1
Xylastodoris luteolus (royal palm bug)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map

Distribution

Caribbean;

External References

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Rohwer, FC (1988) Inter- and intraspecific relationships between egg size and clutch size in waterfowl. Auk 105: 161-176
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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