Sunday, 16 February 2020

This Little Black Duck


Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa. Cotter Dam near Canberra, Australia. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa isn't really black, but it's been known by that name since first seen by white explorers. They are the Mallards of the southern hemisphere, being closely related and occupying the same ecological niche. Pacific Black Ducks are found all over the Pacific region. Unlike Mallards, male and female Pacific Black Ducks look similar.

Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa. Cotter Dam near Canberra, Australia. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

They are dabbling ducks, eating aquatic vegetation. Like many Australian bird species they breed in response to environmental conditions (ie rainfall), to ensure there is sufficient resources rather than strictly seasonal. The species is abundant and not threatened.

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