PORT PHILLIP BAY


Musk Duck 

Biziura lobata

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Genus:
Biziura
Species:
lobata

General Description

Body dark grey-brown with narrow stripes. Flap of skin hanging under the chin - large in males, small and barely visible on females. Body up to 75 cm long.

Biology

Male Musk Dusks have bizarre displays: they hold their tail spread upright and over their back while uttering high-pitched sounds and splashing the water with their feet.

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

75 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

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, Musk Duck, Biziura lobata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7924

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