Distribution and Habitat
The Freckled Duck is a rare bird found in inland south-eastern Australia and the south-west of Western Australia, however, vagrants may occur elsewhere, particularly during periods of drought. Freckled Duck prefer fresh, densely vegetated waters, particularly floodwater swamps and creeks vegetated with lignum or canegrass.
The Freckled Duck is protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.
The Freckled Duck is grey-brown in colour and covered with fine white freckles. It is a uniformly coloured bird with little contrast and shows no wing pattern. It has a small tuft of feathers on the head and the bill has a curved, scooped appearance. In the male, the base of the bill turns a bright red in the breeding season.
In flight, the Freckled Duck is an all dark bird, paler on the belly and underwing with a large head and fairly long neck carried slightly depressed giving a hunched appearance. Freckled Duck generally fly low and circle around and around wetlands before leaving. They often mix with other species.
The Freckled Duck rarely makes any sound.
Here are some images of the Freckled Duck.
Video footage of the Freckled Duck is attached below.
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