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Radjah Shelduck

(Tadorna radjah)
Alternate name(s): "White-headed Shelduck", "Burdekin Duck", "Mangrove Duck"
Aboriginal name(s): "mahdo" ("mardo")

Size: 49-61 cm
Weight: 930 g (male), 840 g (female); average
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Radjah Shelduck at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "rufitergum"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Radjah Shelduck (photo courtesy of L. & B. Booth)
[Darwin, NT, July 2010]

Frontal view of a male Radjah Shelduck in different light conditions (photo courtesy of L. & B. Booth)
[Darwin, NT, July 2010]

Frontal view of a male Radjah Shelduck in captivity

Lateral view of a male Radjah Shelduck in captivity (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

FEMALE

Pair of Radjah Shelducks in captivity; the female is seen on the left, the male is foraging under water

Lateral view of a Radjah Shelduck on water
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Radjah Shelduck on water
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-dorsal view of a family of Radjah Shelducks trying to evade the photographer
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a family of Radjah Shelducks, including three ducklings, trying to evade the photographer
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, August 2014]

Food, Diet

Radjah Shelducks filter-feeding on the edge of submerged grassland
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, August 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

rajshel_20140817.mp3 rufitergum
(Darwin, NT)
Squabbling MD

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