Male - The male Australian Wood Duck has a dark brown head and upper neck, dark eyes, short dark beak, mostly pale grey body, mottled brown-grey breast, black lower belly and black under-tail, grey wings with black primaries and a white speculum. The Australian Wood Duck resembles a small goose.
Female - The female is paler with a white stripe above and below the eye, mottled breast and flanks, and white lower belly and white undertail.
Size: - Typical Adult is 45-51cm (18-20in).
Food: - Mainly grazes on grasses, clover, and crops. Also dabbles in shallow water for aquatic plants, and occasionally insects.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, lakes, rivers, lightly wooded swamps, marshes, open woodland, farmland and grasslands throughout much of Australia, and Tasmania.
Breeding Season: - Usually September to November.
Eggs: - 9 to 11 (pale creamy-white colour).
Notes: - The Australian Wood Duck resembles a small goose and is also called a Maned Duck or Maned Goose. It is endemic to Australasia and nests in tree hollows near to water. This duck prefers to graze on grassland rather than take to the water.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Chenonetta.