Hardhead (Slimbridge April 2011)
The Hardhead, also known as the White Eyed Duck, is a diving duck and the only one found in Australia.
The Hardhead can dive deep searching for food and can often stay submerged for a minute at a time.
The Hardhead is widespread across Australia and is classed as Least Concern.
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450mm to 600mm (18" to 23")
Appearance - Male
The male has Deep Brown plumage, White underparts and tail, the underwings are White with a Brown edging. The bill is Black with a Blue Grey stripe towards the tip and the eye is White. The legs and feet are Grey.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar but duller and has Brown eyes.
Lakes, Swamps, Rivers, Streams, Grasslands and Pools.
Aquatic Plants and Insects, Weeds, Seeds, Molluscs and Invertebrates.
August to November.
The nest is built from reeds, sticks and vegetation and trampled to create a platform. The finished nest is then lined with down.
Quantity: 9 to 12
Colour: Creamy White.