|Other Common Names|
Hardhead Duck, Brownhead, White-eyed Duck
Breeding season: variable, usually ater rain. Clutch size 9-13. They breed in low, thick vegetation, in or near the water, along rivers and channels, and around billabongs and dams. The nest is a trampled platform of reeds, sticks and vegetation, with some down lining, which is built by the female. Females incubate the eggs alone.
Males have a distinct white eye. Females have brown eyes.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Hardheads sit low in the water and are diving ducks. When flying their wings make a distinctive whirring sound.
Omnivore. Feeds on aquatic plants and animals, particularly mussels and freshwater shellfish.
Found in freshwater swamps, wetlands and occasionally in sheltered estuaries. Prefers deep, fresh open water and densely vegetated wetlands for breeding.
Native to Australia