PINK-EARED DUCK Malacorhynchus membranaceus

An abundant Australian endemic, but highly nomadic, being an opportunistic breeder at any time when conditions are right. Flocks gather as water levels rise, and begin breeding as levels start to fall which maximises their food supply. Being a filter feeder, as emphasised by the amazing bill, they prefer shallow water and are usually found away from the coast. When not breeding they spend most of their time in small flocks on suitable bodies of water, the right-hand bird is captive, the others were taken in Western Australia, although we have seen them in most states except Tasmania, where they are absent.

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