Green Pygmy Goose Duck
The Green Pygmy Goose Duck is a small perching duck which breeds in southern New Guinea and northern Australia. It is largely resident, apart from dispersion in the wet season. The habitat is well vegetated lowland lagoons and other permanent fresh waters.
Appearance: – The male Green Pygmy Goose duck has a dark cap extending over the eye, white cheeks, short stubby dark beak with pink tip, brown eyes, dark glossy-green neck and back, pale grey and white scalloped under-parts, primary flight feathers are black, secondaries are white, primary coverts are black, and secondary coverts are a dark iridescent green, the tail is black, and it has short dark legs and feet. The female is slightly duller with a whiter face and an eye-stripe.
Size: – Typical Adult is 12-14 inches.
Food: – Aquatic plants, seeds, roots, leaves, grasses, and aquatic invertebrates.
Habitat: – Lowland tropical lagoons, freshwater lakes, and swamps across northern Australia, and southern New Guinea.
Breeding Season: – From November to March.
Eggs: – 8 to 12 (creamy-white color).
Notes: – The Green Pygmy Goose duck is a small Australasian perching duck which is mainly resident in northern Australia and southern New Guinea. They usually nest in a tree hollow near water and will perch on the branch of a tree.
The different types of wild ducks can be grouped into puddle, aka “dabbling” and diving ducks. The dabblers mostly feed in smaller bodies of shallow water or along shorelines, where they are able to tip their bodies forward to reach their food on the bottom. There are divers who feed in deeper water where they dive and pursue their quarry. Some of these birds, the Harlequin Duck for example, actually dives to the bottom of fast-flowing waters and feeds on life forms attached to rocks.