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Black bellies the southern equivalent to the greenhead

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  1. Dukesdad

    Dukesdad Senior Refuge Member

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    45C8892B-E8E2-4F7C-A127-2FC78A8949BB.jpeg We only have feral greenheads in Tampa bay and they eat the same as their wild cousins and respond to calling and decoys. But since them black bellies showed up it’s changed everything We have evolved into urban hunters. Painted old greenhead decoys as blackbellies. Now we don’t just attract them they are hovering feet out!
     
  2. BAYDOG

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    That's cool
     
  3. AvianQuest

    AvianQuest Elite Refuge Member

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    Black-bellied whistling ducks are expanding their range and are better eating than mallards for sure.

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    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Can a good caller break a really high bunch and bring them into the hole every now and then.
     
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    texduk3 Senior Refuge Member

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    they look like fulvious whistling ducks, (tree ducks)
     
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    AvianQuest Elite Refuge Member

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    Close relatives. They are the only two whistling duck species found in North America...

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    AvianQuest Elite Refuge Member

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    Sometimes. I watched the flock in the picture I posted for 30 minutes while taking photos and they called to flocks passing overhead, getting their attention and having them call back in forth, but they kept going.
     
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    liv2hnt Refuge Member

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    Those are beautiful photos! Very cool birds. An old friend of mine raised some White-faced whistling ducks and I never got tired of listening to their calls. I’ve never been around Black-bellies or Fulvous, but I’m assuming they sound fairly similar...
    Thanks for sharing the pics!
     
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    liv2hnt Refuge Member

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    Just out of curiosity, do Black-bellied and Fulvous taste about the same?
     
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    AvianQuest Elite Refuge Member

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    Pretty much. They have the most vegetarian diet of any of the ducks.
     

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