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Pacific Black Duck

(Anas superciliosa)
Alternate name(s): "Black Duck", "Grey Duck", "Australian Wild Duck", "Brown Duck", "Parera"
Aboriginal name(s): "barana", "boorandarra", "currinda", "kooberi", "kooroola", "kumboora", "kurrungi", "maneroo", "mooree", "mara", "koona" "budhanbaa" [yuwaalaraay], "garrangay" [gamilaraay]; "yet", "ngoonana", "bandji" (WA)

Size: 48-60 cm; wing span 80-94 cm
Weight: 0.87-1.14 kg
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pacific Black Duck at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

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Note that the birds shown here are much darker than representations in field guides. Although the infall of sunlight can influence a lot the appearance of ducks in general, in this case this is a systematic effect.

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Pacific Black Duck - note the black crown (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Moggill, QLD, January 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a male Pacific Black Duck (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Sanctuary Lake, Palmerston, NT, February 2018]

Lateral view of a male Pacific Black Duck
[Old Quipolly Dam, Quirindi, NSW, April 2012]

Resting male Pacific Black Duck making sure that that photographer is no threat...
[Mudgee, NSW, December 2015]

Resting male Pacific Black Duck making sure that that photographer is no threat...
[Mudgee, NSW, December 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a Pacific Black Duck (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Sanctuary Lake, Palmerston, NT, February 2018]

For those who like diversity: Male Pacific Black Duck (front left), Royal Spoonbill (right) and Masked Lapwing (rear left)
[20 km South of Narrabri, 2006]

Lateral view of a male Pacific Black Duck in flight, with a brilliant display of its iridescent speculum; at this angle it looks turquoise (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, January 2015]

Lateral view of a male Pacific Black Duck in flight, with a brilliant display of its iridescent speculum; now it looks blue (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, January 2015]

Close-up view of a pair of Pacific Black Ducks; note how the light conditions make the determination of the sexes very difficult - the male is at the back right, the female, in the shade, appears to have an identical crown
[Narrabri, NSW, July 2009]

Pair of Pacific Black Ducks in an urban park; note how in the shade they really appear to be black... male on the right, female on the left
[Narrabri, NSW, September 2007]

Two male Pacific Black Ducks resting in shallow water (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, QLD, July 2013]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Pacific Black Duck - note the dark-brown crown, rather than black (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, July 2014]

Frontal view of a Pacific Black Duck
[New Quipolly Dam, near Quirindi, NSW, December 2016]

Lateral view of a female Pacific Black Duck with a beautiful view of its speculum (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)

This female Pacific Black Duck has just been feeding under water
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, November 2010]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a female Pacific Black Duck
[Narrabri, NSW, March 2009]

Dorsal view of a female(?) Pacific Black Duck
[Mudgee, NSW, December 2015]

Direct comparison between a female Pacific Black Duck, right, and a male Hardhead, left
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, July 2014]

Sex unknown

Dorsal view of a pair of Pacific Black Ducks
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, July 2010]

Comparison between Pacific Black Ducks, right, and a Wandering Whistling-Duck, left (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, December 2014]

Lateral view of Pacific Black Ducks in flight
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2010]

Near-dorsal view of a Pacific Black Duck in flight
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a moulting juvenile Pacific Black Duck
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, March 2011]

Pacific Black Duck with a duckling (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2015]

Close-up view of a Pacific Black Duck duckling (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD, December 2014]

Frontal view of a Pacific Black Duck duckling (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD]

Here a Pacific Black Duck family with tiny ducklings
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Four Pacific Black Duck ducklings in their parents' wake
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, October 2010]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Sedentary/nomadic Elementary unit: Pair

This photo shows that Pacific Black Ducks also sometimes enter suburban gardens (photo courtesy of K. Lacanau)
[Rowville, VIC, May 2013]

Pacific Black Ducks can interbreed with Mallards
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, May 2013]

Pacific Black Ducks can interbreed with Mallards
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, July 2013]

Food, Diet

Like most ducks, Pacific Black Ducks feed on underwater plants. While some duck species dive to get to their food, Pacific Black Ducks (and many other species), feed in shallow water, with their back sticking out as shown below.

Pacific Black Duck feeding
[Old Quipolly Dam, Quirindi, NSW, April 2012]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

pacduck_20151203.m4a (W NSW) Contact calls (female) © MD

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