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Ruddy Shelduck

(Tadorna ferruginea)
Alternate name(s): "Ruddy Sheldrake", "Brahminy Duck"
German name(s): "Rostgans", "Rostkasarka"

Size: 58-70 cm; wing span 1.1-1.35 m
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Ruddy Shelduck at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Lateral view of a resting male Ruddy Shelduck - note the green wing panel (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Group of Ruddy Shelducks on a lake; the two birds with dark neck bands, front right, are males in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Two Ruddy Shelducks on a lake; the bird at the front left is a male losing its dark neck band, thus moulting into non-breeding plumage, while the bird at the far right is a female - note the white facial mask (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Ruddy Shelduck - note the white facial mask (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Lateral view of a female Ruddy Shelduck (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Two Ruddy Shelducks on a lake; the bird standing on the left is a male, the bird on the right is probably a juvenile - note the scarcity of white on its head (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

Dorsal view of a Ruddy Shelduck - the grey wash on the white of the wings indicates that this bird is a juvenile
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[June 2018]

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