Australian Wood Duck - Maned Duck - Chenonetta jubata

Australian Wood Duck

Chenonetta jubata

Other Names: Maned Duck
Family: Anatidae (Ducks and allies, 20 species in Australia)
Size: 44-50 cm
Distribution: Most of Australia except the East half of WA, the West halves of NT and SA, and the very tip of North QLD
Status: Locally Abundant
Habitat: Timbered areas near water; short pasture or herbage; inland tanks, dams
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

A very common water bird. The male has a "mane" on the top of his head, hence its other name, the "Maned Duck".

Australian Wood Duck - Maned Duck - Chenonetta jubata
Photo: Wentworth Falls Lake, Blue Mountains NSW

Australian Wood Duck - Maned Duck - Chenonetta jubata
Photo: Wentworth Falls Lake, Blue Mountains NSW

Australian Wood Duck - Maned Duck - Chenonetta jubata
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. This is the other of the two best bird field guides for Australia. It is the one preferred by many serious birdwatchers. However I find the pictures a bit dull looking for my taste — the birds all kind of look the same to me, making it harder to remember them in my mind. The illustrations are meant to be the most anatomically correct, though. The text descriptions are better than in Simpson and Day. If you want the most serious bird field guide get this one otherwise get Simpson and Day.

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 9th ed. from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to preorder the 9th ed. from Amazon

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