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Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are locally common, year-round residents of freshwater wetlands, particularly in central Florida. This whistling-duck has a long neck, an orange-red bill, a distinct white eye ring and long, orange-red legs. Their population is increasing and has begun to expand throughout the state. Due to its habit of perching in trees and nesting in tree cavities, this species was once known as the Black-bellied Tree Duck; like the Wood Duck they will also nest in boxes.
Early in 2012 many reports of this handsome duck were coming in from all over Florida. By early summer it became apparent that Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were expanding their breeding range throughout Florida and the south-eastern United States in 2012.
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For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are locally common, year-round residents of freshwater wetlands, particularly in central Florida.