Musk DuckScientific name: Biziura lobata

Meaning of name: The meaning of Biziura is not known. Lobatais from the Latin word lobatus, meaning lobed.

Aboriginal name: Kodara (caw’da’ra).

Distribution: Found in the south west and south east of Australia. Can be found in other areas on occasion.

Description: Up to 66cm long with an 87cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 87km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in April 1997, 6 years 2.6 months 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