Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

South Eastern Queensland
NSW North Coast
New England Tablelands
Darling Riverine Plains
Brigalow Belt South
Channel Country
Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
Mulga Lands
Cobar Peneplain
Broken Hill Complex
Murray Darling Depression
NSW South Western Slopes
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin
South East Corner

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

7% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Conduct targeted survey to identify and map wetlands with significant breeding activity, for the purposes of protection and strategic threat abatement. Site
Negotiate with relevant authorities to ensure that water flows to important breeding wetlands are maintained in order to support a vegetation structure that will support nesting. Area
Encourage landholders to enter into land management agreements that focus on protecting lignum creeks and swamps and maintaining key habitat features such as cumbungi, lignum and appropriate water flows and salinity. Site
Ensure that any relevant land managers or agencies are aware of the location and its sensitivity to fire of important breeding wetlands, prior to conducting hazard reduction burns. Area
Control feral pigs and goats using appropriate techniques, where they are impacting on wetland habitat known to be used by the species. Site

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the threatened species. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.