Australian Wood Duck (species: Chenonetta jubata) in Cocoparra NP (Gaia Guide)
Chenonetta jubata
Australian Wood Duck

©Leo: Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)

©Michael Rosenberg: Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae
Genus Chenonetta
Species Chenonetta jubata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It looks like a small goose, and feeds mostly by grazing in flocks.

The male is grey with a dark brown head and mottled breast. The female has white stripes above and below the eye and mottled underparts. Both sexes have grey wings with black primaries and a white speculum. Juveniles are similar to adult females, but lighter and with a more streaky breast. (Wikipedia)


  • From 40 cm to 50 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Australian Wood Duck is widespread in Australia, including Tasmania. The Australian Wood Duck is found in grasslands, open woodlands, wetlands, flooded pastures and along the coast in inlets and bays. It is also common on farmland with dams, as well as around rice fields, sewage ponds and in urban parks. It will often be found around deeper lakes that may be unsuitable for other waterbirds' foraging, as it prefers to forage on land. (Wikipedia)


It nests in Eucalypt hollows often some distance from water.


The Australian Wood Duck eats grasses, clover and other herbs, and occasionally, insects. It is rarely seen on open water, preferring to forage by dabbling in shallow water, or in grasslands and crops. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.