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Musk ducks
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Australian Musk Duck, Biziura lobata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Clade: Odontoanserae
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Tribe: Biziurini
Genus: Biziura
Stephens, 1824

Biziura is a genus of stiff-tailed ducks endemic to Australasia and containing one living and one fossil species.


No expl. (Stephens 1824, Gen. Zool., XII (2), 221); ex “Biziura” of Leach MS. Probably from Greek βιζηαι bizēai straws (originally the name for a straw mattress or matting) and ουρα oura tail, with reference to the stiff, spiky tail-feathers of the Musk Duck (cf. Greek βυζην buzēn thick, matted; ουρα oura tail, in allusion to the pincushion-like undertail coverts exposed in display by the drake).[1]



  1. ^ Jobling, J. (2015). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.), eds. "Biziura". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 1-15-15.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)


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