Appearance: - The Pacific Black Duck has a dark crown, pale head with black facial stripes - one broad eye-stripe and another thinner stripe from the base of the beak, grey beak, brownish-red eyes, the body has dark brown feathers edged in cream, flight feathers are brown, pale underwing, green speculum, and olive-grey legs and feet. Both sexes are alike but the female is usually smaller and paler.
Size: - Typical Adult is 54-61cm (21-24in).
Food: - Aquatic plants, seeds, roots, crustaceans, aquatic insects, molluscs, and invertebrates.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, lakes, flooded grasslands, swamps, and lagoons in Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and islands in the southwestern Pacific.
Breeding Season: - June to January in the south, and January to April further north.
Eggs: - 7 to 13 (glossy-white colour).
Notes: - The Pacific Black Duck is a dabbling duck which is usually called the Grey Duck in New Zealand. Numbers have decreased in New Zealand because of the introduction of the Mallard which competes for food and also the hybridisation of the Pacific Black Duck and Mallard.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.