(Aythya australis)
Daniel McKeon

Best Times/ Seasons

All year round.


The Hardhead is a medium-sized duck which is found in freshwater swamps and wetlands and occasionally in sheltered estuaries. They are rarely seen on land and tend to roost on low branches and stumps near the water.


The Hardhead dives for their food, leaping forward and diving smoothly under the water. They eat aquatic plants and animals, particularly mussels and freshwater shellfish.

Other Information

The Hardhead dives for their food and can swim up to 40 metres under water, using their feet to propel them.


Last updated : Thu 27 Jun 2019