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Dendrocygna eytoni (Plumed Whistling Duck)

Wikipedia Abstract

The plumed whistling duck (Dendrocygna eytoni), also called the grass whistle duck, is a whistling duck that breeds in New Guinea and Australia. It is a predominantly brown-coloured duck with a long neck and characteristic plumes arising from its flanks. The sexes are similar in appearance.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 10.3418
EDGE Score: 2.42849


Adult Weight [1]  1.742 lbs (790 g)
Birth Weight [2]  40 grams
Diet [3]  Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Plants [3]  80 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  20 %
Forages - Ground [3]  80 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  20 %
Clutch Size [5]  11
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Incubation [4]  29 days
Mating Display [2]  Ground and non-acrobatic aerial display
Mating System [2]  Monogamy
Snout to Vent Length [1]  17 inches (43 cm)
Wing Span [4]  32 inches (.82 m)


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Grampians National Park II 416373 Victoria, Australia
Kooragang Nature Reserve IV 8300 New South Wales, Australia  
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park II 332429 Northern Territory, Australia
Yathong Nature Reserve Ia 270264 New South Wales, Australia

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Southwest Australia Australia No

Prey / Diet

Echinochloa colona (Jungle ricegrass)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Psephotus chrysopterygius (Golden-shouldered Parrot)1


Parasitized by 
Acidoproctus emersoni[6]
Holomenopon leucoxanthum[6]
Trinoton fluviatile[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map



External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan 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
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
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
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
6Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
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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