BLUE-BILLED DUCK FACTS
The male Blue-billed Duck has a bright pale blue bill and dark head and neck. The rest of the body is chestnut brown. The tail is dark with stiff spiny feathers, and is held upright when the bird is alarmed or is courting. The female has a brown bill with darker plumage than the male.
Blue Bill, Stiff Tail, Spinetail, Little Musk Duck.
35cm - 44cm
The Blue-billed Duck is seldom seen on land. It is found in large freshwater dams and lakes
aquatic insects and their larvae. Also eats plant seeds, buds, leaves.
Blue-billed Ducks breed in densely vegetated situations. Four to six eggs are laid in a nest is made of dead bullrush leaves.
The Blue-billed Duck is found only in Australia in the temperate wetlands of the south-east and south-west.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Blue-billed Duck|