Musk Duck

(Biziura Lobata)

Appearance: - The male Musk Duck during the breeding season has a black crown and nape, slightly paler cheeks, brown eyes, a black stout beak with a large fleshy lobe underneath, the body is brown-black with a slight pinstripe plumage, a whitish abdomen, black tail and flight feathers, and legs and feet are blackish-grey. The female is very similar but smaller and without the fleshy lobe under the beak which is also missing on the male during its non-breeding plumage.

Size: - Typical Adult is 60-70cm (24-28in).

Food: - Aquatic insects, crustaceans, molluscs, small fish, and aquatic plants.

Habitat/Range: - Deep freshwater lakes, wetlands, swamps, marshes, and coastline in Western and south-eastern Australia, Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.

Musk Duck Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - From July to January (mainly September to October) but varies depending on rainfall and water levels.

Eggs: - 2 to 3 (pale greenish-white or buff colour).

Notes: - The Musk Duck is an Australian stiff-tail duck. It likes to dive in deep water to feed and will rarely fly, preferring to stay in the water to escape any predators.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Oxyurinae, Genus: Biziura.

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Musk Duck (Biziura Lobata) - Image: Wikimedia Commons