West-Indian Whistling-Duck, (Whistler) Flying

Length 48-56cm (19-22″). Resident and breeding in the Cayman Islands. Most abundant on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman, and much more uncommon in Cayman Brac. Hunting pressure resulted in a sharp decline in the 1960s, with numbers falling to about 200 individuals. Since then, however, as the result of legal protection and the establishment of a feeding station at Hutland, the Whistlers have started to make a recovery. Preferring mangrove and buttonwood swamps, and freshwater ponds, Whistlers often make their nests on outcrops in the middle of lagoons. These attractive and charismatic ducks are the flagship for Wonderful West Indian Wetlands � and interactive teachers’ resource book packed with information about local wetlands, and interactive projects for young students.

Reference:Sutton, A.H., Sorenson, L.G. and Keeley, M.A. 2004. Wondrous West Indian Wetlands: Teacher’s Resource Book. Eds. Bradley, P., Sorenson, L.G. and Stevenson, J. West Indian Whistling Duck Working Group of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, Boston. MA. 276pp.

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