Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54050

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Hymenolaimus
Genus species:Hymenolaimus malacorhynchus

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The mountain duck is blue-gray in color with a chestnut-speckled breast, yellowish eyes, and a pale pink bill with a black edge.
Habitat:Rivers, streams
Diet:Omnivore: algae, invertebrates
Reproduction:Mountain ducks can form very strong pair bonds. They nest from July-December, with a peak in August-October. Six eggs are incubated for one month. The chicks fledge 10-11 weeks after hatching.
Behavior:Foraging is done in the morning and evening. This species can be highly territorial.
Status:Threatened: habitat destruction, lowering of water quality
Interesting Facts:These ducks have a very low reproductive rate, making them vulnerable to changes in their environment.

Other Information

Geographic:New Zealand Date:1972-01 Subjects:duck-like bird
Mountain duck
Blue duck
Hymenolaimus
Ducks
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Water birds
Waterfowl