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  Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)





Pacific Black Duck | Anas superciliosa photo
Pacific Black Duck photographed at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Pacific Black Duck | Anas superciliosa photo
Photographed at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



PACIFIC BLACK DUCK FACTS

Description
The Black Duck is an average-sized duck that looks a bit like a Mallard duck. The body is dark-brown with a pale face and throat. It has a distinctive black eye-stripe that stretches from the top of the bill through the eye. The male and female have a similar appearance. It has iridescent green patch on wing.

Size
55cm

Habitat
wetlands, ponds, lakes. Also tidal mudflats

Food
mainly vegetarian, feeding on seeds of aquatic plants. Also crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic insects.

Breeding
The nest is usually near water in long grass or rushes, or sometimes in hollow tree limb. Lays up to 8-12 greenish eggs.

Range
all but the most arid regions of Australia

distribution map showing range of Anas superciliosa in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anas
Species:superciliosa
Common Name:Pacific Black Duck

Relatives in same Genus
  Northern Pintail (A. acuta)
  Chestnut Teal (A. castanea)
  Northern Shoveler (A. clypeata)
  Grey Teal (A. gracilis)
  Mallard (A. platyrhynchos)
  Garganey (A. querquedula)
  Australasian Shoveler (A. rhynchotis)