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Pink-eared Duck

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Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Photo by davidfree  Photographed in Australia.
Photo by davidfree
Photographed in Australia.

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[edit] Identification

38-40 cm length. Brown back and crown, black and white barred sides and black eye patches, white face. Juveniles are slightly duller.

[edit] Distribution

Australia

[edit] Taxonomy

It is the only living member of the genus Malacorhynchus; a closely related, but slightly larger extinct form from New Zealand was described as Scarlett's Duck (Malacorhynchus scarletti).

[edit] Habitat

Anywhere there is standing water.

[edit] Behaviour

Diet includes plankton, as well as crustaceans, mollusks and insects.

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