Breeding season: July to December. Clutch size is 12. They pair up only during the breeding season. The male briefly defends a small territory and guards the female before egg-laying and during the early incubation period. After about five days, he abandons the female, leaving her to incubate the eggs, feed and raise the ducklings. The nest is a grass bowl, lined with down and well hidden on the ground or in a hole.The female leads the ducklings to water soon after hatching. They are able to swim, feed and fend for themselves. They are a highly adaptable species.