Male: a compact rich-mahogany duck with white eye, and stern, blackish bill crossed by blue-white band near tip. Female: paler-brown, with dark eye; bill blue-grey; some have whitish throat. Immature: uniform dark yellow-brown, dark eye.
Gathers food by diving Seldom comes to land, and never perches in trees.
Coastal Wetlands, Pools; swamps and streams; inland waters and fringing forests.
Breeds in wet months but mainly spring. 9 to12 eggs; creamy white; in a depression in ground lined with grass and feathers in cane grass Incubation about 25 days by the female.
Kakadu National Park
Omnivore, Aquatic animals and plants.
|| Aythya australis
|| Least Concern
|| 420 - 580 mm.
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