21 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. Duck with piped brown feathers beige or white. The head is clearer with a dark cap well marked and eyes outlined in black. The long scald which overcomes the eye evokes an eyebrow; it is probably the origin of the common name of the species. The wing mirror is emerald green.
Family : Anatidae
Category : Large range Waterbirds
Society and Austral Archipelagos. Also present in Palau, New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.
Lakes, ponds, marshes, lagoons, river banks, taro fields. They are gregarious and live in pairs in large groups sometimes 100 individuals.
Females make a “quack” and males make a sweet “guab-guab”.
To listen the Pacific Black Duck:
They feed on seeds and other plant materials but also insects, snails and earthworms found on mudflats and wet grasslands.
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Anas superciliosa (Gmelin, 1789)
Mo’ora, mo’ora oviri, mo’ore (Société, Australes), mokora (Tuamotu, Rapa), mo’ora (Rurutu), mo’ora (Tubuai), mo’ora taetaevao (Rimatara)
The species is listed in category A on the list of species protected by the territorial regulation of French Polynesia.
The species is increasingly rare in the Society Islands but remains well distributed elsewhere. The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List but “Vulnerable” (VU) on the France and Polynesia 2015 Red List.