Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa

Pacific Black Ducks are widely distributed and can be found in a wide variety of habitats, but keep more to deeper, permanent freshwater pools, lakes and lagoons. They generally spend much of the early morning and late evening  feeding in shallow water, on aquatic shoots, seeds, tubers, roots, snails and other small invertebrates.

There are more observations over the spring and summer months with records increasing considerably between 1992 and 1996 and again between 2000 and 2003, possibly due to dry conditions during these periods bringing the birds within the urban areas.

They often nest in tree hollows, although they will also use the tops of tree stumps, deserted nests of other birds and under the cover of dense vegetation. The first breeding record was in 1989 and records increased subsequently. Birds with dependent young were recorded from early October to early February although no actual nests were found. R=84. BR=30.