PORT PHILLIP BAY


Blue-billed Duck 

Oxyura australis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Genus:
Oxyura
Species:
australis

General Description

Male body red-brown, head and neck black, bill blue when breeding. Female body grey-brown with short faint stripes, bill dark grey. Body up to 44 cm long.

Biology

Blue-billed Ducks are nomadic, moving to different areas in different seasons. They hold their stiff tails flat on the water when swimming or floating on the surface.

Habitat

Deep, permanent water or open lakes.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-western and south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Ducks, geese and swans

Max Size

44 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Endangered
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Near Threatened

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Blue-billed Duck, Oxyura australis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7909

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