Grass Whistle Duck (or Plumed Whistling-duck)
Distribution and Habitat
The Grass Whistle Duck is distributed throughout northern Australia with widely scattered groups in much of New South Wales and can be found as far south as south-western Victoria. The Grass Whistle Duck is a bird of tropical grasslands but has benefited from pastoral practices which provide dams and pasture on which to graze.
The Grass Whistle Duck is available for recreational hunting in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
In flight, the Grass Whistle Duck adopts a distinctive posture with a depressed neck, trailing legs, light belly and a less obvious white rump than the Water-whistle Duck. It has short, rounded wings with slow wing beats.
On the water or on land, the Grass Whistle Duck is a medium-sized duck with a pale body and long, buff plumes on the flank. It has a distinctive erect posture.
VoiceWhistles incessantly in flight.
Here are some images of the Grass Whistle Duck.