Bird of the Month - June 2006

West Indian Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arborea); Yaguasa Caribeña

Other local names: Whistler, Red-Neck Duck, Mangrove Duck, Night Duck, Tree Duck; Yaguasa, Cuba Libre (Cuba); Yaguaza (Dominican Republic), Chiriria (Puerto Rico); Canard Siffleur, Jenjon, Gingeon (Haiti)




Bird of the Month - September 2006 - Elfin-woods Warbler

Bird of the Month - August 2006 - Red-billed Streamertail

Bird of the Month - July 2006 - Cahow or Bermuda Petrel




The West Indian Whistling-Duck (WIWD) is endemic to the West Indies, meaning that it is found nowhere else in the world. The species is classified as globally threatened, with a total population probably between10,000 to 20,000 birds; it is rare and endangered on many islands throughout its range. Small populations occur on islands of the Greater Antilles (Bahamas, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands); Antigua and Barbuda are at the southern edge of the range.The largest population is in Cuba where the bird is doing well because of the rice culture.



Range and Habitat Needs

Threats to the West Indian Whistling-Duck's Survival

What Can be Done

West Indian Whistling-Duck Bird of the Month contributed by Lisa Sorenson