Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (BBWD’s) are found year-round in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mexico, and South and Central America, and are known to breed mostly in coastal Texas (All About Birds).But we happen to be lucky to have many breeding pairs of these charming ducks here in Palm Beach County, Florida every year! They are so photogenic with their beautiful coloring, bright orange beaks and feet, and their sentry-like upright posture. They often make their presence known by repeatedly circling the wetlands in groups, whistling their distinctive call, “a soft, high whistle with a long first note and several following notes.” (All About Birds). Always worth a look upward!
I’ve written about the irresistible Black-bellied Whistling Ducks numerous times here on Birder’s Journey – see my previous posts to learn more.