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


Birdsong, Don Stap Birdsong, Don Stap. From the promotional material: "Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean? We quickly discover that one question leads to another. Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise? Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one? And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody?"

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

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Click here to purchase from Wilderness Awareness School $24.00 USD (May not work)


Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler.This is known to birdwatchers as "Simpson and Day". I like the pictures in this one the best out of all the major field guides. The information is still very highly regarded compared to most of the other guides. Many serious birdwatchers think "Pizzey and Knight" (listed here) is the best though. I bought this one since I liked the pictures so much I figured (correctly) that I would spend more time looking through it. I feel that I made the right choice since I love the pictures in this one so much. I have the 6th edition, the current one is the updated version of the 8th edition, which has a different colour cover to the original 8th edition with a black cover. I'm not sure why they haven't called this the 9th edition.

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. updated version from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. original version from Amazon

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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