French: Érismature australe German: Schwarzkinn-Ruderente Spanish: Malvasía australiana
Other common names:
Australian Blue-billed Duck
#R Swan River, Western Australia
Breeds in SW & SE Australia and Tasmania. In winter expands to NW, C & E Australia.
35–44 cm; male 610–965 g, female 476–1300 g; wingspan 60 cm. In Australia, only likely to be confused with substantially larger and darker Biziura... read more
Vocalizations rarely heard in field, although male produces several non-vocal sounds during... read more
Shallow freshwater marshes, swamps and lakes with extensive bordering reedbeds and other dense... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic plants and aquatic insects and their larvae (e.g. chironomids, caddisflies, dragonflies and water... read more
Season variable; continuous, opportunistic breeding probably normal, although mainly during austral spring and summer. Mating system... read more
Somewhat dispersive and partially migratory, as breeding grounds generally abandoned after breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened and threatened at state level in both Victoria and New South Wales. Widespread and rather uncommon, though... read more
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