|Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata
(aka Australian Wood Duck)
The Maned Duck is endemic to Australia and it is widespread in areas where there is suitable habitat. It is found on lakes, rivers, pastures, coastal inlets and town parks.
|It is pale grey with a brown neck and two black stripes down the back. The male (photo 1) has a dark brown head with a "mane" which is not always evident and spots on the upper breast. The female (photo 2) has a paler head with two pale stripes above and below the eye and spots and barring on the breast and flanks.|
|They are accomplished fliers and show a broad white patch on the trailing edge of the wing divided by a dark
green metallic coloured speculum.
They are normally seen in large flocks but, when breeding, pairs go off to find a suitable nest site.
|It nests in tree hollows and both parents look after the ducklings. Photo 4 shows a family with at least 5 ducklings which were in a small creek in NSW. They were swimming in the open when they noticed me and, by the time I got closer, they were nowhere to be seen. Finally I noticed them huddled together under the bank as in this photo. They were motionless and silent for a few minutes before I retreated to leave them in peace.|
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