Australian Wood Duck An Australian wood duck swims on water
Australian Wood Duck

Scientific Classification

Common Name
Australian wood duck, maned duck
Genus Species
Chenonetta (goose-like duck) jubata (maned)

Fast Facts

Male Australian wood ducks have a brownish head and neck feathers, red-brown "mane" and black feathers on the hindquarters. They also have a white and metallic green speculum. Females are brown and tan with distinctive stripes on their eye and cheek regions.
25.4 to 29.0 cm (10 to 11.4 in.)
700 to 955 g (24.6 to 33.6 oz.)
Feeds mainly on grasses
Approximately 28 days
Clutch Size
8 to 11 eggs
Sexual Maturity
No data
Life Span
No data
This species has an extremely large range and can be found in Australia and Tasmania.
These ducks are commonly found in freshwater areas with light tree cover and short grasses or bushes
The total population is unknown but scientists believe there are at least 10,000 mature individuals. The population is stable and not severely fragmented.
IUCN: Least Concern
CITES: Not listed
USFWS:  Not listed

Fun Facts

Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.

Australian wood ducks are highly social in nature and may form flocks consisting of 2,000 or more individuals.

Ecology and Conservation

Australian Wood Ducks are considered agricultural pests and are often persecuted by farmers. These ducks are also considered game birds and hunted for sport. Wood ducks are considered agricultural pests and are often shot in their native Australia.  These ducks are considered game birds and hunted for sport.

These birds are a food source for predators and may also help control aquatic vegetation.


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Photo Credit: Australian Wood Duck Male.jpg. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Image by: Quarti. Year Created: 6 March 2009. Website: Male.jpg. License: CC by SA 3.0.