Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

This is actually a Northern Black-bellied Whistling Duck, even though it resides in the south. Up until recently it was not around the Lowcountry. Now it breeds here.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

This duck is most common in South America.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Similar to the American Wood Duck they prefer to nest in trees. Once the young are hatched they are out in the grasses and water.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Just to confuse the bird watchers, a few hundred live year round in the parks of New Orleans, LA.

More proof those maps in the back of the bird books are not all that accurate.

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