HARDHEAD
(Aythya Australis)
Greylag Goose       Hawaiian Goose


Australia Zone - Slimbridge
The Hardhead can be found in the Australia zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Australia
Breeding Habitat - Australia
Australian, Tasmania.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
They migrate to New Guinea, New Zealand, and the Islands in the Pacific.

Conservation Status


Size
450mm to 600mm (18" to 23")

Appearance - Drake
The male has Deep Brown plumage, White underparts and tail, the underwings are White with a Brown edging. The bill is Black with a Blue Grey stripe towards the tip and the eye is White. The legs and feet are Grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar but duller and has Brown eyes.

Habitat
Lakes, Swamps, Rivers, Streams, Grasslands and Pools.

Diet
Aquatic Plants and Insects, Weeds, Seeds, Molluscs and Invertebrates.

Breeding Time
August to November.

Nest
The nest is built from reeds, sticks and vegetation and trampled to create a platform. The finished nest is then lined with down.

Eggs
Quantity: 9 to 12.
Colour: Creamy White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl G - L
Gadwall (Anas Strepera)
Garganey (Anas Querquedula)
Goldeneye (Bucephala Clangula)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Roseus)
Greater Scaup (Aythya Marila)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica Regulorum)
Greylag Goose (Anser Anser)
Hardhead (Aythya Australis)
Hawaiian Goose (Nene) (Branta Sandvicensis)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)
James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus Jamesi)
Laysan Duck (Anas Laysanensis)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Minor)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya Affinis)
Lesser White-Fronted Goose (Anser Erythropus)
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HARDHEAD
Greylag Goose       Hawaiian Goose
Hardhead
©Nigel Key Hardhead (Slimbridge April 2011)

The Hardhead, also known as the White Eyed Duck, is a diving duck and the only one found in Australia.

The Hardhead can dive deep searching for food and can often stay submerged for a minute at a time.

The Hardhead is widespread across Australia and is classed as Least Concern.

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Hardhead (Slimbridge May 2013) Hardhead (Slimbridge July 2013) Hardhead (Slimbridge September 2013)
25/05/13
26/07/13
04/09/13
Hardhead (Slimbridge April 2013) Hardhead (Slimbridge April 2013) Hardhead (Slimbridge May 2013)
06/04/13
06/04/13
25/05/13
Hardhead (Slimbridge June 2009) Hardhead (Slimbridge April 2011) Hardhead (Slimbridge April 2011)
03/06/09
09/04/11
09/04/11





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