Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Description:

Family: Anatidae The Australian Wood Duck is a medium-sized 'goose-like' duck with a dark brown head and a pale grey body with two black stripes along the back. Males have the darker head and a small dark mane, with a speckled brown-grey breast and a black lower belly and undertail. The females have a paler head with two white stripes, above and below the eye, a speckled breast and flanks, with a white lower belly and undertail. In flight, the wings are pale grey above, contrasting with black wingtips, and have a noticeable white bar on the underside (the secondaries). They walk easily on land and may be seen perching on logs and in trees. They will only take to open water when disturbed. This species is also known as the Maned Duck or the Maned Goose.

Habitat:

Distribution:The Australian Wood Duck is widespread in Australia, including Tasmania. Habitat:The Australian Wood Duck is found in grasslands, open woodlands, wetlands, flooded pastures and along the coast in inlets and bays. It is also common on farmland with dams, as well as around rice fields, sewage ponds and in urban parks. It will often be found around deeper lakes that may be unsuitable for other waterbirds' foraging, as it prefers to forage on land.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

Uncle Minty
Spotted by
Uncle Minty

4565, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Sep 14, 2011

Related Spottings

Australian Wood Duck Australian Wood Duck Australian Wood Duck Australian Wood Ducks

Nearby Spottings

Asian House Gecko on White Rose Noisy Miner, Laughing Kookaburra and Blue Faced Honey Eater Orb Weaver Pied Butcherbird
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team