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Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Class: Aves           
Lifespan: Up to 20 years   
Diet: Omnivore          
Weight: Up to 1kg              
Height: Up to 40cm                            
Reproduction: Egg-laying  
Status: Not liste

The Australian Wood Duck is the least aquatic of all Australian ducks, and is commonly seen grazing on grass and herbs. While they have a predominantly herbivorous diet, they do occasionally eat insects. They nest in tree hollows, sometimes up to a kilometre from water.

The female duck teaches her newborn ducklings to fly by repeatedly flying between the nest and the ground, calling out to her young along the way.

Male and female Australian Wood Duck pairs form very strong bonds, often remaining with the same mate for life.