Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata

Common Name:  Australian Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Chenonetta jubata

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Distribution and habitat: Australian Wood Ducks are found in most parts of Australia.  They live in grasslands, open woodlands, wetlands, flooded pastures and along the coast in inlets and bays.

Feeding: The Australian Wood Duck mostly eats grasses, clover and other plants. It sometimes eats insects. It finds food in shallow water or on wet grasslands.

Breeding: Australian Wood Ducks breed between September and November or after good rains. They nest in a hole in a tree above or near water. The female lays 8 – 10 eggs. The ducklings hatch after 28 days and walk and swim soon after hatching.

Did you know? Young Australian Wood Ducks remain with their parents for up to a month after fledging.

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