This gooselike, year-round resident occurs throughout much of the Florida peninsula in shallow freshwater marshes and recently flooded agricultural land. In recent years they have been recorded outside of their typical Florida range at sites with suitable habitat, such as St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Fulvous Whistling-Ducks have gray legs, gray bills and a distinctive white rump patch visible in flight. Listen for their high-pitched, whistling flight call, which gives them their colloquial name, the "Mexican Squealer."
For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.
Recommended GFBWT sites:
- Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
- Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area
- Lake Apopka Restoration Area: Clay Island Tract
- Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
- Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West
- Stormwater Treatment Area 5
T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area
They live in shallow freshwater marshes and recently flooded agricultural land in the Florida peninsula.