Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Malacorhynque à oreilles roses German: Rosenohrente Spanish: Pato pachón
Taxonomy:

Anas membranacea

Latham

, 1801,

New South Wales, Australia

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Sometimes placed in tribe Tadornini. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Australia: main centres of population in SW & SE.

Descriptive notes

36–45 cm; male 290–480 g, female 272–423 g; wingspan 57–71 cm. Unmistakable. Sexes basically alike, with grey forehead and crown, white face with... read more

Voice

Vocalizations usually described as chirruping or twittering, especially when referring to flocks in... read more

Habitat

An ecological specialist, exploiting temporary ponds and lakes of shallow saline or brackish waters... read more

Food and feeding

Planktonic organisms (algae, microscopic seeds, crustaceans, molluscs, insects, etc.). Feeds mostly on surface by water and mud filtering... read more

Breeding

Season variable, much dependent on water levels, but in SE Australia breeds mainly in Aug–Feb, following winter rains, with records... read more

Movements

Somewhat dispersive and nomadic; can be seen almost anywhere in Australia, and even in Tasmania,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and locally abundant. Total population probably several hundred thousand, occasionally > 1,000,000 individuals, but... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus). 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/52897 on 23 August 2017).