MUSK DUCK FACTS
The Musk Duck is a large brownish black Australian duck. It gets its name from the musky smell produced by a gland during the breeding season. Males are larger than females. Both males and females have the same dark colour with paler barring on the body. The bill is dark grey. The male has a lobe below the bill which can be inflated as part of a mating display. Musk Ducks are usually seen on open water away from land and they don't fly very often.
50cm - 70cm
freshwater lakes and wetlands with open water and reed beds, swamps
feeds on insects, crustaceans, snails, frogs, fish. Also feeds on some water plants.
The nest is a cup of plant matter lined with feathers amongst reeds or other dense vegetation, and protected by overhanging vegetation . Lays two to four (sometimes more) pale green eggs.
found in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, eastern parts of South Australia and south west and west coast of Western Australia
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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