Australian Wood Duck

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.

A female Wood Duck which appears to have a broken wing

A female Wood Duck which appears to have a broken wing.

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.

Female Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

In the next image it is easy to see the short mane on their neck.

A mated pair going for a walk.

A mated pair going for a walk.

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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4 thoughts on “Australian Wood Duck

  1. How great I read this post. These are the ducks I have coming to my yard to feed on the seed droppings. I didn’t know what kind they were and hadn’t taken a moment to research it. They make a most unusual sound that, to me and my girls, sounds like, “mom” but dragged out a bit. Very high pitched. Do you know what I mean with these guys?

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