The Freckled Duck is a moderatly large, broad billed duck. It is a rare bird (classified as endangered) found in inland south-eastern Australia and south Western Australia. Such is its status that it is protected in all states and it is an offence to shoot them. Their habitat is generally in fresh, densely vegetated waters, particularly floodwater swamps and creeks vegetated with lignum or canegrass. It is a quiet duck, seldom making any noise. Its future survival depends not upon hunters but upon the existance of suitable habitat being lost to farming and an increasingly dry climate.