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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White-faced Duck

Afrikaans name: Nonnetjie-eend

White-faced Duck

Photo © Steven Herbert

Dendrocygna viduata

Another name for this duck is White-faced Whistling Duck. This name originates from their whistling call. They sometimes fly at night and their whistling call may be heard as they fly past.

The White-faced Duck prefers bodies of freshwater such as dams, where it may be found in large numbers.

This species has a distinctive white face. Male and female look alike and juveniles are a bit paler.

The White-faced Duck is found in Africa and South America.

They feed on various plants and seeds.

The White-faced Duck makes a platform of sticks where 8 to 12 eggs are laid.


White-faced Ducks

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 55

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 167

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 167

Acoloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World - Author: Peter Scott - Year Published: 1957 - Page: 34

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 59

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 30

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 9

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 41

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 30

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 12

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 12

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 46

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 40

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 54

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 64

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 86

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 86

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 37

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 66

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 74

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 79

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 81

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 74

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 74

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 48

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 42

List of South African Birds

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