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White-faced Whistling Duck (70)
PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Another duck to my collection. This duck I saw in Venezuela and Senegal in the wild, but couldn’t make such a close photo of it. This specimen I saw in Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany.

The White-faced Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna viduata, is a whistling duck which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.

This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites, the flocks of a thousand or more birds arriving at dawn are an impressive sight. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear three-note whistling call.

Description
This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the underparts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.

Range and habitat
Common to locally abundant resident in freshwater marshes, grassy lagoons and flooded fields and in all habitats usually near bodies of open water. To 300 m.
Costa Rica, E Panama to Bolivia and N.Argentina; also in tropical Africa and Madagascar.

Breeding
It nests on a stick platform near the ground, and lays 8-12 eggs. Trees are occasionally used for nesting.

Conservation
The White-faced Whistling Duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Sources: Wikipedia; Birds of Venezuela by Steven L. Hilty and A Guide to the birds of Costa Rica by F. Gary Stiles and Alexander F. Skutch.

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PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
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Edited by:marhowie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5731 W: 1197 N: 98] (486)

I used the color replacement tool to eliminate the blue color cast/fringing at the head & legs Peter..