Blue-billed DuckScientific name: Oxyura australis

Meaning of name: Oxyura is from the Greek words oxys, meaning sharp, and oura, meaning tail. Australis is Latin for southern.

Aboriginal name: Booda (boo’dawe).

Distribution: Regularly found in the south-west and south-east of Australia. Can be found in other areas occasionally.

Description: Up to 40cm long with a 60cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 519km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in September 1970, 7.4 months after being banded. This bird has been the only bird recaptured after being banded (information as at 14 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2 

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme