Pacific Black Duck

Anas superciliosa pelewensis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ANASUP

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Pacific Black Duck has a large range of nearly 9 million square kilometers. It occurs in ponds, marshes, and other wetland habitats in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, much of Indonesia, and on many islands in the southern and western Pacific Ocean. This species is believed to have a population of anywhere from 180,000 to 1,200,000 individuals with 10,000 to 25,000 occurring in Palau. Although the Pacific Black Duck has declined in New Zealand and some other areas, the population is considered large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Pacific Black Duck: Large, black-brown duck, buff edges to feathers. Head has black-brown crown and two black lines on buff face. Gray-black, flat bill. Fairly long, broad, pointed wings with white-gray linings and blue-green patch on secondaries bordered by black. Short tail, green-yellow legs with webbed feet. Sexes and juvenile similar.


Range and Habitat

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Pacific Black Duck SONGS AND CALLS

Pacific Black Duck BB1

Calls given as several birds take flight.

Pacific Black Duck P1

Calls of a female with chicks.

Similar Sounding

Tufted Duck EE1

Calls from a pair.


Voice Text

"quack", "raehb"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Because this duck shares similar preferred habitat types with larger, physically dominant Mallards, in New Zealand that species is encroaching on the Pacific Black Duck's range.
  • Overhunting of this species lead to a marked population decline during the 20th century.
  • The Pacific Black Duck is often called a Grey Duck in New Zealand, where it is also known by its Maori name, parera.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X