Spotted Whistling-ducks progress

Subject: Spotted Whistling-ducks progress
From: David Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:56 +1000

It’s interesting to read of sightings of Spotted Whistling-ducks (Dendrocygna 
guttata )  progressively further south of their original location. I think the 
very first sightings were all on the very northern part of Cape York near 
Weipa,  But we are hearing of sightings as far south as the Daintree River. ( 5 
recently reported )  and Wonga Beach north of Cairns. ( 27 odd)    …….and 
perhaps further south?  

I find it a very interesting species which has evidently self introduced into 
Queensland and would appear to be increasing in numbers and range.

I wonder if they are actually breeding in Australia?  Are there any records?   
Curious to hear of any other more southerly reports of this species. 

 It will be fascinating to watch their progress over coming years to see if at 
some point they vanish  or indeed become a permanent and regular fixture on the 
Australian list…. would seem the latter is likely? 

I find the Whistling-ducks a fascinating group of birds and we are fortunate to 
see both regularly in South-east Queensland… would be nice to have a third here 
at some point!!!


David Taylor

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