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West Indian Whistling Duck

The West Indian whistling-duck is a large, upright, long-necked duck. Adults are deep brown in color, with black-and-white markings on the flanks, a whitish abdomen, black bill and long legs. This species can also be identified by its shrill ‘chiriria‘ whistle.

These ducks are listed federally as vulnerable, mainly due to its very small range. This species has been found throughout the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. There are estimated to be less than 10,000-25,000 West Indian Whistling-Ducks and they are declining in population since there are under regulated hunting laws in many areas. They are often hunted for eggs or sport. More than 50% of remaining wetlands are seriously degraded by the cutting of mangroves and swamp-forest and pollution (chemical runoff from nearby agriculture, sewage and garbage), which ruins the habitat of the West Indian Whistling-Duck.