Freckled Duck

Freckled Ducks (Stictonetta naevosa) are a species of monotypic ducks native to Australia. As their common name suggests, they have a dark grey plumage that is freckled with lighter spots of grey. The drakes are larger and tend to be more darkly colored. Both sexes have a very characteristic up-turned bill, which aids them in their filter feeding efforts. Drakes acquire a bright red coloration at the base of their bill during the breeding season. They are somewhat clumsy on land and a fairly calm duck. I personally enjoy this species a lot and look forward to working with them.

Freckled Duck drake

I would like to give a shout out to Sylvan Heights Bird Park for allowing me the opportunity to acquire this fabulous species! 

Freckled Duck hen

Juvenile Freckled Duck drake

Freckled Duck hen

Freckled Duck pair

Juvenile Freckled Duck drake

Freckled Duck hen