Today I want to write about one of my favourite species of duck, the Australian wood duck.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful water fowl grow to about 50 cm long and the males are much more colourful than the females.
- Unlike most other ducks, Australian wood ducks spend most of their time on land, grazing on grass, herbs and clover.
- They live in pairs and lay 8-11 eggs in tree cavities near water. When it’s time to leave the nest a couple of days after hatching, the chicks follow their mum and jump to the ground.
- They are also known as maned geese, because the males have a crest on the back of their neck like a mane that can be erected when showing off to females.
- Australian wood ducks are one of the most common species of duck in Australia and can be found near freshwater in open areas throughout Australia except in the deserts or in the far north.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Australian wood ducks?