Freckled Duck

(Stictonetta naevosa) Rare species
Daniel McKeon

Best Times/ Seasons

All year round.


The Freckled Duck prefers permanent fresh water swamps and creeks with heavy growth of bulrushes and tea-trees. During drier times, the Freckled Duck moves to more permanent waters such as lakes, reservoirs, farm dams and sewerage ponds. They generally rest in dense cover.


The Freckled Duck feeds at dawn and dusk and at night on algae, seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic grasses and sedges and small invertebrates.

Other Information

The Freckled Duck begins nesting between October and December but this can take place at other times when conditions are favourable.


Last updated : Thu 27 Jun 2019