Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)


French: Stictonette tachetée German: Affengans Spanish: Pato pecoso

Anas naevosa


, 1841,

Western Australia




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


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

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). 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 on 16 November 2019).