Dendrocygna bicolor   (Vieillot,  1816) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Image copyright: Bill Hubick

Size: Domestic Duck-; length c. 51cm, Weight -(male) c. 650-900gm., (female) c. 450-730 gm.

Field character: Adult: sexes alike; similar to Lesser Whistling Duck, but larger with creamy white upper tail-coverts, blackish-brown stripe on nape; pale rufescent-white center of neck with black streaks dusky-black bill; dusky plumbeous to bluish-slate legs. Juvenile: Duller; the chestnut portions more brown.

Breeding season: June to October, chiefly July-August. Nest- of sticks roughly put together in hollows in ancient tree-trunks or in forks of large branches, at moderate heights. Eggs- 6-8, ivory white, smooth, like those of the preceding species only somewhat larger.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Large Whistling-Duck (English)
• Large Whistling Teal (English)
• Fulvous Whistling-Duck (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Hunting, exposure to pesticide)

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  small aquatic insects
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kannan, P; Rajagopalan, M (2007) Size composition and morphometry of incidentally captured sea turtles at Vizhinjam, South-west coast of India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104(3) 288-297 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO
  • Bill Hubick photography Available at -
  • Gopi GV and Pandav B (2007) Avifauna of Bhitarkanika Mangroves, India Zoo's print journal 22(10) 2839-2847pp Available at -
  • Rao VV, Anjaneyulu M, Nagulu V, Srinivasulu C and Satyanarayana D (2004) Water fowl Status at Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh EPTRI - ENVIS Newsletter 10(4) 7-12pp Available at -,%20No.4,%202004.pdf
  • Nayak, A.K. (2006) Status of migratory shorebirds at Bhitarkanika and Chilika wetlands on the east coast of India Waterbirds around the world. Eds. G.C. Boere, C.A. Galbraith & D.A. Stroud The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, UK 305-307pp Available at -

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