White-winged Duck (endangered species)
The White-winged Duck, known locally in Assam as the Spirit Duck, now only inhabits remote areas of peat swamp forest in the jungles of south-east Asia. It is one of the largest ducks to breed in holes in trees, and the lack of availability of large tree cavities may now be a serious limitation to the number of these birds in some areas. Fewer than 2,500 White-winged Ducks now survive in the wild, although the figure may be as low as 550.
Between 1967 and 1990, the WWT conducted captive breeding and re-introduction programmes in the UK, India and Thailand.
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23 x 47 cms