International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The white-faced whistling duck is an abundant species. It is a protected species under the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.
White-faced whistling ducks inhabit freshwater lakes or reservoirs in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
White-faced whistling ducks are omnivorous. They eat grains, seeds, invertebrates and plants.