BBWDs in the Trees

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks have long been admired for their beautiful coloring, charming faces, and sparkling personalities!  On this recent late afternoon at Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve, they were having a particularly good time! Scores of BBWD‘s gathered in the marshes, whistling loudly as they flew back and forth overhead, and jostling for good viewing positions in the trees! 🤗 
“The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette” (All About Birds-Black-bellied Whistling Duck). They’re known for their erect, upright posture, whether standing on land or on a branch. 😉
The photogenic Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – formerly called ‘tree ducks’, because they most often nest in tree cavities – are plentiful year round here in Florida, luckily for us! To find out more about Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve, the wonderful place where we photographed these fun-loving BBWDs, click HERE!


40 thoughts on “BBWDs in the Trees

  1. I looked it up and it’s only an hour from my Mom’s! I’m putting it on my places to visit while visiting Mom list. I hope I get to make that trip this year.

    These ducks are exotic looking and remind me of female Wood Ducks. They too nest in trees, but you know that! 😀

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    • Very good question, Yishai! I don’t know but I’m checking into it, Yishai. My guess is that one can get an idea of what they’re communicating by the intensity of their whistles combined with their behavior at any given time.


  2. I haven’t seen one BBWD in the wilderness only in pictures. It’s going next in my wish bucket. Your photographs are fantastic, Carol! Thank you. 🙂

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  3. Coincidence! I was looking at my photos of these only yesterday (deleting 2/3 with the benefit of hindsight…). I published a bird book for N Bahamas, with a complete checklist from 1950. Within 2 months the first ever BBWDs were spotted, making the checklist obsolete! Quite soon after, the first recorded sandhill cranes (which you recently featured) arrived…

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  4. How fortunate for Floridians to have the black-bellied whistling ducks so accessible. Thanks too for the link to the Circle B Bar Ranch Reserve, it looks wonderful. Your photos of the BBWD here are truly delightful, BJ; and the video did a good job of recording the whistling. I’ve seen whistling ducks in other countries, and I find their whistling so enchanting. Great post, many thanks.

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    • Thanks so much for your always delightfully specific and warm feedback, Jet! Glad you enjoyed this and hope you get to visit Circle B one day! My husband took the video. He always says he doesn’t want me to give him credit on my blog, but I really should anyway. 😉

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  5. This was fascinating. I don’t think I’ve seen this species before. Locally, about the only ducks I ever see in trees are wood ducks. That second photo made me laugh as I first thought one duck was standing atop the back of the other. 🙂


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