- Common Name
- Australian wood duck, maned goose, maned duck
- Genus Species
- Chenonetta (goose-like duck) jubata (maned)
- The brownish head and neck feathers, red-brown "mane" and black feathers on the hindquarters distinguish male Australian wood ducks. Males 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
- Throughout Australia, includes Tasmania
- These ducks are commonly found in freshwater areas with light tree cover and short grasses or bushes
- Global: Unknown
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
Wood ducks are highly social in nature and may form flocks consisting of 2,000 or more individuals.
Ecology and Conservation
These birds are a food source for predators and also help maintain plant growth.
Wood ducks are considered agricultural pests and are often shot in their native Australia. These ducks are considered game birds and hunted for sport.
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