The following photographs are of a male Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) which is my first sighting of this bird.
The male Musk Duck is a large powerful waterbird with a heavy thickset head with a stout dark grey triangular bill and a circular skin flap under its chin. (The female does not have this skin flap.) Its body size is about 29 centimetres. its upper body is mottled light grey while the underparts are white.
The Musk Duck will be found in permanent swamps, with dense vegetation, open lakes, bays and tidal inlets. It is rarely seen in flight but when disturbed, will thrash across the water in a cloud of spray. A male Musk Duck has a bizarre display: holding its tail spread upright and over its back while uttering a high pitched sound and splashing the water with its feet.
The breeding season for Musk Ducks is mostly from August to November with the female laying 1 to 3 greenish eggs in a cup shaped nest.
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