Black-ducks2.JPG (18317 bytes)Black Ducks: are known scientifically as Anas superciliosa. The Black Duck is a widely distributed species and occurs Australia wide except for part of the dry inland. It is also found in Indonesia, New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. They are dark brown with pale feather margins. The crown is blackish and the face white to pale yellow. Males and females have the same plumage. Black Ducks are common in ponds in public parks and gardens where they become extremely tame. They are frequent visitors to our Big Dam. In May 2003 a pair of Black Ducks raised three ducklings in this dam. They usually nest in fringing vegetation around water or sometimes in stumps or hollow trees. The photograph shows Black Ducks at home on Lake Alexandra on the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.