lizbrownlee – poet

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D is for East Indian Wandering, Whistling Duck


A rather handsome wandering duck photo by FIR0002/Flagstaffotos.



The beautiful deep red-brown and black-feathered, wandering whistling ducks are found in Northern and Eastern Australia as well as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands.


They prefer deep water where aquatic plants and insects are in plentiful supply.


They are gregarious ducks and like to congregate in flocks – they get their name from the almost continuous whistling calls they make while in the air – their wings also make a whistling sound as they fly.


These ducks are not endangered, but loss of habitat to agriculture may affect them in the future.


Ducks of various species make calls that are not the expected quack, from high-pitched whistles to deep grunting quacks to staccato ‘teets’.


And yes, duck quacks do echo!


Poem © Liz Brownlee

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  1. Wow. That’s pretty neat! I never heard of this duck. I have found a bird I don’t hate! Yay!


  2. I have never heard of these ducks, Liz. I love your little poem – it helps to focus the bird in a humorous way. Thanks for checking in on my post too – good to ‘see’ you. All the best with your challenge. 🙂


  3. Liz

    This was a lovely start to the day – and the OH likes it too. He has an affinity with ducks – his name is Donald!


  4. I was down near the Nidd today enjoying some ducks, so this made me smile even more. I confess I’d not heard of a whistling duck before. What an interesting noise that must be.


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