Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)


Taxonomy

French: Stictonette tachetée German: Affengans Spanish: Pato pecoso
Taxonomy:

Anas naevosa

Gould

, 1841,

Western Australia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Australia, mainly in SE & SW.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Generally silent and / or calls difficult to detect in the field, perhaps most frequently given... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

Season largely determined by flooding conditions but broadly Jun–Dec, with young in Jan–Feb in SE Western Australia (in... read more

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52826 on 20 August 2017).