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  • Hardhead

  • Aythya australis
  • The Hardhead is a medium-sized duck which appears mainly chocolate brown when swimming, with a white undertail. In flight, the underwings are white, edged with brown. A white belly patch is obvious in flight and when standing in the shallows. The bill is pale blue on the tip. Males have a distinct white eye, while the eye is brown in females. When flying, the wings make a distinctive whirring sound. Hardheads sit low on the water and are diving ducks.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=231
  • Song link
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  • Hardhead

  • The Hardhead is a medium-sized duck which appears mainly chocolate brown when swimming, with a white undertail. In flight, the underwings are white, edged with brown. A white belly patch is obvious in flight and when standing in the shallows. The bill is pale blue on the tip. Males have a distinct white eye, while the eye is brown in females. When flying, the wings make a distinctive whirring sound. Hardheads sit low on the water and are diving ducks.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • White-eyed Duck
  • Scientific name
  • Aythya australis
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 215
  • Size
  • 45-60cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=231
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/hardhead