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Photo by Neil Fifer
Newcastle, Australia, November 2004
Dendrocygna arcuata


54-60cm. Rich red-brown plumage, long neck and legs, strong head and neck, darker crown and hindneck, black spotted breast and the feathers are mostly dark brown.


Australia, the Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

Photo by RMD
Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia, December 2005


Three recognized subspecies.[1]


Deep lagoons, flooded grasslands or dams. They enjoy the water and rarely leave the shore.


The diet includes grasses, waterlillies, water plants and occasionally insects and aquatic vertebrae.

They build a ground scrape nest not far from water, usually in high grass or a sheltered area, and 6-15 eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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