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Blue-billed Duck – Friends of Lake Claremont

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

This small duck is one of our less common visitors, as it prefers deeper waters. The male is chestnut colour, with a black head. The female is a dull, mottled grey. In the breeding season the male’s bill is bright blue; it changes to a slaty grey when not breeding. They float low in the water when swimming and are very rarely seen flying; if disturbed they prefer to dive. The photo below shows their relatively compact size.

  • Length: 36 - 44cm
  • Clutch Size: 4-6

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