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Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Range

  • Australia

Habitat

  • Lakes and swamps

Diet

  • Aquatic animals
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Small fish
  • Snails
  • Crabs

Both males and females of this species have the same unique freckled coloration from which they get their name.

During the breeding season, the sexes are able to be identified by the bright red color that appears on the base of the males’ beaks. This species is dramatically affected by droughts, which can cause the population to drop to a fraction of its usual tens of thousands.

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