Burdekin Duck

Burdekin Duck

Check out Australia Zoo’s Burdekin Duck!

The beautiful Burdekin duck is just one of the many bird species that call Australia Zoo home. Take a stroll through our Rainforest Aviary and see them for yourself up close and personal. Woo-hoo!

 

Burdekin Duck standing on branch with neck tucked in.

 

The Burdekin duck is widespread throughout Australia, from central Queensland to the Kimberley in Western Australia. They are particularly common around mangrove flats and paperbark swamps.

 

These aquatic birds prefer to live and feed in shallow, brackish waters. They will swing their beak from side to side and sieve their food through their beaks. Burdekin ducks are omnivores, they primarily feed on aquatic plants, insects, molluscs, snails and even algae!

 

Burdekin Duck standing on rock showing full body looking left.

 

Burdekin ducks will form long-term relationships and raise their young as a team. They will create a nest using their down feathers and incubate up to 12 eggs for around 30 days!

 

Due to the Burdekin duck’s wide distribution and varied habitat, they are a thriving species! Currently, they are considered a species of least concern.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Radjah

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    radjah

  • height of animal icon
    Size

    51 - 61 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 1 kilogram

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Omnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    30 days