To some, these are the most attractive of the whistling duck tribe. Their carriage is very upright and their black nape, white head and rich chestnut breast make a striking contrast. They are very docile in nature but have a noisy high-pitched whistle. In the wild this is often heard when they night feed.
Typical Adult is 41-46cm (16-18in).
Mainly aquatic vegetation, seeds, grasses, weeds and small aquatic animals.
Wetlands, freshwater lakes, and reservoirs in south America, and Africa - south of the Sahara.
August to October in Trinidad.
8 to 12 (creamy-white colour with pinkish tinge).