French: Malacorhynque à oreilles roses German: Rosenohrente Spanish: Pato pachón
New South Wales, Australia
Australia: main centres of population in SW & SE.
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
Vocalizations usually described as chirruping or twittering, especially when referring to flocks in... read more
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
Season variable, much dependent on water levels, but in SE Australia breeds mainly in Aug–Feb, following winter rains, with records... read more
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
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