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Ducks: Brown-haired

Ducks: Brown-haired


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Spread and habitat

Species native to southern Australia, it is also found in Tasmania and New Guinea. It populates the swampy areas of fresh water and the sheltered marine shores. Beautiful looking duck is highly appreciated as an ornamental garden species.

Morphological characteristics

The male has a dark green head, dark brown back, belly and chest are brick-colored with brown scales. in flight the wings show a green broadband and a smaller white one. On the side of the tail there is a white bar. Tail and undertail are dark brown in color. In eclipse it is similar to the female but has lighter colors. Red-orange eyes: Gray beak and gray-greenish legs.
The female has a dark brown scaly coat: the white wing bar is visible only in flight.
Average size 38-46 cm in both sexes.
The young male has a coloration similar to the female, but lighter, tending to brown.

Nutrition and behavior

The diet is based on molluscs, sprouts, berries and seeds found in water. In captivity it needs a varied diet. Feeding captive babies requires special attention.
The couples that isolate themselves from the group, nest in rocky ravines. The number of eggs generally varies from 8 to 12 and the hatching lasts 23 days. In captivity, especially if the environment is not sufficiently peaceful, hatching is often not completed (incubator and subsequent artificial breeding without the mother are necessary).

Male of Castana Anas castanea (photo http://calphotos.berkeley.edu)

Female of Castana Anas castanea (photo Joseph Morlan)


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