French: Stictonette tachetée German: Affengans Spanish: Pato pecoso
Australia, mainly in SE & SW.
50–56 cm; male 747–1130 g, female 691–985 g. Unmistakable with shape of slightly crested head and heavy-based bill diagnostic. Plumage appears almost black... read more
Generally silent and / or calls difficult to detect in the field, perhaps most frequently given... read more
Freshwater lakes and marshes with abundant emergent and fringe vegetation, especially ... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly vegetarian; algae, seeds and green parts of aquatic plants, grasses and minor quantities of aquatic invertebrates (insects). Forages... read more
Season largely determined by flooding conditions but broadly Jun–Dec, with young in Jan–Feb in SE Western Australia (in... read more
Occurs irregularly outside main centres of distribution, with dispersive movements particularly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fully protected throughout Australia. In 1980s, total population estimated at 19,000 birds in E Australia, with c. 3000 birds in... read more
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