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Photo © by Rose Fletcher
Adelaide, South Australia, 17 September 2008

Alternative Names: Australian Wood Duck, Maned Goose

Chenonetta jubata


Photo © by Ken Doy
Eagleby, Queensland, Australia, 24 July 2016

44–56 cm (17½-22 in)

  • Grey overall plumage
  • Dark brown head
  • Mottled breast
  • Grey wings with black primaries
  • White speculum


  • Black "mane" at the back of the head (not always erect)

Female: white stripes above and below the eye and mottled underparts


Australia (except driest regions); visitor to Tasmania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lightly wooded swamps and marshes.



They nest in a tree hole. The clutch consists of 8-12 eggs.


They feed mostly by grazing, but also dabble and up-ends in shallow water, feeding on aquatic plants.


Male gives long, drawn-out mewing call that is both mournful and distinctive, and the female gives a similar vocalization to encourage her partner to mate. Flocks chatter when feeding.


Mostly sedentary.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52856 on 28 December 2019).
  3. Frost, P.G.H. 2013 [updated 2017]. Australian wood duck. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz
  4. Marchant, S.J.; Higgins, P. (eds) 1990. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds. Vol. 1, ratites to ducks. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia.

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