French: Érismature à barbillons German: Lappenente Spanish: Malvasía papuda
New South Wales = King George Sound, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
B. l. lobata
Shaw, 1796 – SW Australia.
B. l. menziesi
Mathews, 1914 – SE Australia (C South Australia E to S Queensland, S to Victoria) and Tasmania.
Male 61–71 cm, 1700–3120 g, wingspan c. 87 cm; female 53–58 cm, 993–1910 g, wingspan c. 72 cm. Unmistakable diving duck with heavy body and short... read more
Rather silent overall, except male advertising calls and those of ducklings; flight or alarm calls... read more
Freshwater marshes, swamps and lakes with extensive bordering reedbeds, also including billabongs,... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly aquatic invertebrates (insects and their larvae, molluscs, crustaceans, arachnids), amphibians, some fish and even small ducklings... read more
Starts chiefly Sept/Oct, but variable according to water levels and egg-laying occurs Jun–Dec. Lek-breeding system, with up to 20... read more
Mainly sedentary, but many birds, perhaps mostly juveniles, involved in small- or large-scale... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, assumed to breed throughout main range, but population difficult to estimate; only locally abundant, e.g. rare in SW... read more
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