The following images are of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) which were taken at the Erskine River, which is located on the Great Ocean Road near Lorne in Victoria, Australia. The Wood Duck is also known as the Maned Duck.
They are described as “goose-like” ducks with a dark head and pale body. The male’s head and neck brown and has a short mane. The female has a whitish line above and below the eye. Their body size is about 44 – 50 centimetres.
In the next photo the Wood Duck is clearly identified as a female: It has a lighter coloured head and neck with the two white lines above and below the eye.
In the next image it is easy to see the short mane on their neck.
Wood Ducks build their nests in tree hollows between July and March, and, when nesting often perch on tree branches. They are native to Australia and will be found at freshwater wetlands, grass lands and also lightly wooded areas. They are herbivores. They are not considered endangered but are locally abundant.
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