French: Canard bridé German: Halbmond-Löffelente Spanish: Cuchara australiano
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New South Wales, Australia
SW & E Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
46–56 cm; male 570–852 g, female 545–745 g; wingspan 70–80 cm. Unlikely to be confused given range, although with female-like plumages be aware of... read more
Vocalizations poorly described and often considered to be generally rather quiet; male in courtship... read more
Lakes, marshes, swamps and lagoons of shallow, fresh, permanent waters with abundant emergent... read more
Food and feeding
Small aquatic invertebrates, chiefly insects, but also molluscs and crustaceans; seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic plants. Feeds, often... read more
Starts Aug on Australian coast, continuting until Dec or beyond, but more variable inland where may breed at virtually any time in response... read more
Mainly sedentary within range, but also somewhat dispersive and nomadic, as some favoured areas may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally abundant, with perhaps 100,000–300,000 birds in total, of which up to 200,000 in E Australia during 1980s... read more
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