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  • Musk Duck

  • Biziura lobata
  • Large diving ducks which ride low in the water, Musk Ducks get their name from the strong musk odour produced from a gland on the rump. The male musk duck is easily identified by its distinctive silhouette: large head with bulbous lobe under his bill, and a stiff tail which may be raised and fanned. The female is smaller than the male. Both male and female Musk Ducks are sooty-brown in plumage, with paler brown barring on the body and fine spots of the head. They are paler below. The female also has a much-reduced lobe on the underside of its bill, only visible at a short distance. The bill is dark grey in both sexes and the eye dark brown. Young Musk Ducks are similar to the adult female, but are paler, with a dull yellow tip on bill, and no lobe. Whistling, splashing displays by courting males.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=121
  • Song link
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  • Musk Duck

  • Large diving ducks which ride low in the water, Musk Ducks get their name from the strong musk odour produced from a gland on the rump. The male musk duck is easily identified by its distinctive silhouette: large head with bulbous lobe under his bill, and a stiff tail which may be raised and fanned. The female is smaller than the male. Both male and female Musk Ducks are sooty-brown in plumage, with paler brown barring on the body and fine spots of the head. They are paler below. The female also has a much-reduced lobe on the underside of its bill, only visible at a short distance. The bill is dark grey in both sexes and the eye dark brown. Young Musk Ducks are similar to the adult female, but are paler, with a dull yellow tip on bill, and no lobe. Whistling, splashing displays by courting males.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Scientific name
  • Biziura lobata
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 217
  • Size
  • M66cm; F55cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=121
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/musk-duck