• Scientific Name: Anas superciliosa (Gmelin, 1789)
  • Polynesian Names: Mo’ora, mo’ora oviri, mo’ore (Société, Australes), mokora (Tuamotu, Rapa), mo’ora (Rurutu), mo’ora (Tubuai), mo’ora taetaevao (Rimatara)
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Category: Large range Waterbirds
  • Distribution:Society, Austral, Palau, New-Guinea, Salomon, Fiji

Apearance and identification

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.

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Characteristics

Society and Austral Archipelagos. Also present in Palau, New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.

The nest is built on the ground, in the fork of a tree or in a natural cavity. It is composed of plant fragments and feathers. Spawning is made from June to September light buff colored eggs and a size of 53 x 38 mm. The reproduction was studied in New Zealand on another subspecies. The eggs are incubated by the female for 27-28 days. In New Zealand, reproduction occurs from August to December and even early June in the northern part of that country. In French Polynesia, active nests were observed from April to July.

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”.

They feed on seeds and other plant materials but also insects, snails and earthworms found on mudflats and wet grasslands.

Location

Society and Austral Archipelagos. Also present in Palau, New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.

Breeding

The nest is built on the ground, in the fork of a tree or in a natural cavity. It is composed of plant fragments and feathers. Spawning is made from June to September light buff colored eggs and a size of 53 x 38 mm. The reproduction was studied in New Zealand on another subspecies. The eggs are incubated by the female for 27-28 days. In New Zealand, reproduction occurs from August to December and even early June in the northern part of that country. In French Polynesia, active nests were observed from April to July.

Habitat

Lakes, ponds, marshes, lagoons, river banks, taro fields. They are gregarious and live in pairs in large groups sometimes 100 individuals.

Voice

Females make a “quack” and males make a sweet “guab-guab”.

Food

They feed on seeds and other plant materials but also insects, snails and earthworms found on mudflats and wet grasslands.

Status and protection

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.

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Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.