PACIFIC BLACK DUCK
Widespread and common throughout Australasia and numerous
Pacific islands, but in some areas being replaced by introduced Mallards, notably New Zealand. In many Pacific
island chains, such as Society, Cook, Austral, Society, Solomons and Palau among others, the subspecies
pelewensis is found, which is smaller and darker with a broader eye-stripe (right-hand shot). A third subspecies has been
subsumed in to the nominate. Birds are resident except some in Australia which disperse in response to local
conditions. All other photos were taken in Australia.
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