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, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater. This is a smaller field guide, and its advantage is it is easy to carry around. Its size is 21.3 x 11.4 x 2.8 centimetres, or 8.4 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches in the old scale. So it is a good one to get if you want to have your field guide with you out in the field. Unlike most of the field guides it also has illustrations of the eggs of all the birds that breed in Australia. It has very good reviews on Amazon.

Click here to Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $28.45 AUD (May be unavailable)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) May be expensive.

Click here to purchase from Amazon

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