Distribution and Habitat
Generally, Musk Ducks are seen in small numbers on deep, sheltered, permanent freshwater lakes and swamps throughout all of southern Australia. They sometimes occur on saline wetlands and tidal estuaries and bays.
The Musk Duck is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.
Musk Duck are very rarely seen in flight.
On the water, the Musk Duck dives repeatedly when disturbed. It is a large black duck which floats very low with a heavy head and frequently stiff tail. The male has a pendulous lobe of skin beneath the bill.
VoiceDuring the mating display, the male makes a rumbling grunt followed immediately by a shrill whistle and a deep plonk is made with the feet. They also make a noisy splashing with the feet.
Here are some images of the Musk Duck.
Video footage of the Musk Duck is attached below.