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Musk Duck

(Biziura lobata)
Alternate name(s): "Mould Goose", "Steamer", "Diving Duck*"
Aboriginal name(s): "benalla", "berallah" (also "berala"), "nakkare", "pelde", "tatea", "modewarra", "tinbalong";
"bagabagaali" [yuwaalaraay], "biraala" [gamilaraay]; "kodara", "koodjak" (SW WA)

Size: 60-70 cm (male), 47-55 cm (female)
Weight: 2.4 kg (male), 1.5 kg (female) (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Musk 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 Musk Duck; note the distinctive lobe (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, August 2015]

Close-up lateral view of a male Musk Duck; note the distinctive lobe (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, August 2015]

Close-up lateral view of a male Musk Duck, now with its head turned (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Herdsman Lake, Perth, WA, August 2015]

Lateral view of a male Musk Duck, with its lobe clearly visible
[Aroona Dam, near Leigh Creek, SA, March 2008]

Lateral view of a male Musk Duck (photo courtesy of J. Munro)
[Penny Lake, King Island, Tasmania, December 2013]

Lateral view of a male Musk Duck on an overcast day
[Dangars Lagoon, Uralla, NSW, March 2012]

Dorsal view of a male Musk Duck, with the bird's head turned, making the lobe prominently visible
[Dangars Lagoon, Uralla, NSW, March 2012]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Musk Duck; note the distinctive tail with stiff, pointy feathers
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Dorsal view of the same female Musk Duck as shown above
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Lateral view of a female Musk Duck lying lower in the water than shown above
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Musk Duck going for a dive
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

A moment later the distinctive tail is sticking out of the water like a whale's fluke
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Behaviour

Musk Ducks are excellent divers which can move 50 or more meters in a single long dive.

Food, Diet

Unlike other geese, ducks and swans, Musk Ducks are not vegetarian. They feed, in addition to underwater plants, on water beetles, yabbies, water snails and freshwater shellfish.

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