Pink-eared Duck

Malacorynchus membranaceous

The Pink-eared Duck is endemic to Australia and is widespread where suitable water bodies are present. Like the Australian Shoveler, it feeds by filtering water and soft mud with its specially shaped bill.
They nest over water in a tree stump or hollow and have taken to our nesting boxes. The typical clutch size is seven but, as with other ducks, there is a heavy loss to predation.
Males and females are alike.

These birds sometimes use our nesting boxes for breeding.

  • Length: 38-45 cm
  • Clutch Size: 5-8

Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.