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Freckled Duck

(Stictonetta naevosa)
Alternate name(s): "Monkey Duck", "Speckled Duck", "Diamantina Duck"
Aboriginal name(s): "koortgang"

Size: 52-59 cm (male), 48-54 cm (female)
Weight: 0.75-1.13 kg
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Freckled Duck at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Close-up frontal view of a male Freckled Duck in breeding plumage; note the characteristic red base of the bill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, January 2015]

FEMALE

Close-up near-frontal view of a female Freckled Duck; note the characteristic "teeth" on the underside of the bill (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, June 2013]

Close-up lateral view of a female Freckled Duck (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, June 2013]

Lateral view of a female Freckled Duck (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, January 2015]

Dorsal view of a female Freckled Duck (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, January 2015]

Two Freckled Ducks in non-breeding plumage; the bird on the right is probably a male, the one on the left a female (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, March 2013]

Freckled Ducks resting on an island in a marsh together with other ducks
[McPherson's Road Swamp, Tuggerah, NSW, July 2013]

Freckled Ducks at the same location as shown above, but in different light conditions
[McPherson's Road Swamp, Tuggerah, NSW, July 2013]

Freckled Ducks resting together with a pair of Grey Teals (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, January 2015]

Part of a flock of about 300 Freckled Ducks on the edge of bullrushes (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, January 2015]

Freckled Ducks floating
[McPherson's Road Swamp, Tuggerah, NSW, July 2013]

Freckled Duck, front left, with another duck behind it, and a pair of Australasian Shovelers on the right (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Gwydir Wetlands, near Moree, NSW, June 2013]

Mixed flock of various types of ducks, including Freckled Ducks, touching down on a lake
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, July 2014]

Mixed flock of various types of ducks, including Freckled Ducks, on a lake
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, July 2014]

Mixed flock of various types of ducks, including about 30 Freckled Ducks, on a lake
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, July 2014]

Colony of various ducks, including Freckled Ducks, and other aquatic birds resting together
[McPherson's Road Swamp, Tuggerah, NSW, July 2013]

Freckled Ducks feeding with their tails up; note the characteristic light-grey appearance
[Old Quipolly Dam, Quirindi, NSW, December 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Vagrant/dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Ducks in general are sociable birds. They not only form flocks with others of their own species, but also seek "safety in numbers" by associating with other bird species, often other ducks. Below a Freckled Duck is shown in a loose group with five other duck species.

Six different duck species in one loose group: Freckled Duck (centre back), Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead and Australasian Shoveler
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2015]

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