Pacific Black Duck

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Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa


Breeding season from June to January in southern Australia. Nests in tree hollows or undergrowth. Clutch size is between 7 and 12 eggs and incubation is approximately 30 days. Parental care is by the female. Often 2 broods are raised each year.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Duck
Other Common Names
Black Duck
Identifying Characteristics

Predominantly brown with each feather edged in a buff colour. Size 48-60 cm.

Distinctive Markings

Bold, black stripe running across the face from bill to behind the eye. Bright, glossy, green patch in secondary flight feathers.

Diet

Omnivore. Mainly vegetarian eating the seeds of aquatic plants. Diet is supplemented with small invertebrates including molluscs and aquatic insects.

Habitat

Frequents all types of water, from isolated forest pools to tidal mudflats. Found in urban areas.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
The male has a quick "raab raabraaab" when disturbed or a whispered "fraank fraank" or loud "peep". The female has a descending "quark, quark, quark" or persistent quacks.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae
Genus
Anas
Species
superciliosa
Found in all but the most arid regions of Australia. Range extends through the Pacific region.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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