Musk Duck

Distribution and Habitat

Map showing the Australian distribution of the Musk duck.

Generally, Musk Ducks are seen in small numbers on deep, sheltered, permanent freshwater lakes and swamps throughout all of southern Australia. They sometimes occur on saline wetlands and tidal estuaries and bays.

Status

The Musk Duck is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.

The Musk Duck is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.

Description

Musk Duck are very rarely seen in flight.

On the water, the Musk Duck dives repeatedly when disturbed. It is a large black duck which floats very low with a heavy head and frequently stiff tail. The male has a pendulous lobe of skin beneath the bill.

Voice

During the mating display, the male makes a rumbling grunt followed immediately by a shrill whistle and a deep plonk is made with the feet. They also make a noisy splashing with the feet.

Images

Here are some images of the Musk Duck.

Close up of Musk duck wings and head showing markings male and female.Diagrams of Musk duck in profile male and female.

Video Footage

Video footage of the Musk Duck is attached below.