Appearance - The Pacific Black Duck has a dark crown, pale head with facial stripes - one broad eye-stripe and another thinner stripe from the base of the beak, grey beak, brownish-red eyes, the body has dark brown feathers edged in cream, flight feathers are brown, pale underwing, green speculum, and olive-grey legs and feet. Both sexes are alike but the female is usually smaller and paler.
Notes - The Pacific Black Duck is a dabbling duck which is usually called the Grey Duck in New Zealand. Numbers have decreased in New Zealand beacause of the introduction of the Mallard which compete for food and also hybridisation of the Pacific Black Duck and Mallard.
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