Indian whistling duck

(Dendrocygna javanica)


Indian whistling duck IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

A typical tree duck with squarish head, long legs, rounded and broad wings, and an erect goose-like posture when alert. There is no obvious sexual dimorphism and no special breeding plumage. The body-weight ranges from 450 to 600 g.

Nest sites are variable. 6 to 10 white eggs are laid, which are incubated by both, female and male, for 27 to 28 days.

Indian whistling ducks feed on water plants by dabbling on the water surface in shallow water, or by diving. They feed mostly at night, in small family groups.

Did you know?
that, in Singapore, the Indian whistling duck is the only breeding species of the Anatidae family? They were never common in Singapore, and with not more than 200 left, are now rated locally endangered. Main threats are habitat loss, disturbance and poaching.


Class AVES
Suborder ANSERES
Name (Scientific) Dendrocygna javanica
Name (English) Indian whistling duck
Name (French) Dendrocygne siffleur
Name (German) Javabaumente
Name (Spanish) SuirirĂ­ de Java
Local names Bahasa: Langkang, Terkadang
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Appendix II (as Anatidae spp.)



Photo Copyright by
J. M Garg



Range South and East Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam with vagrants to Israel and the Maldives.
Habitat Freshwater wetlands.
Wild population Global population estimates are pretty vague and range from 200,000 to 2,000,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002).
Zoo population 93 reported to ISIS (2006).

In the Zoo

Indian whistling duck


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 18 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


Find this animal on ZooLex

Why do zoos keep this animal

The Indian whistling duck is not a threatened species. Zoos keep them for educational purposes e.g. in themed South or South-East Asian exhibits, and as an ambassador species for wetland conservation.