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Common Shelduck

(Tadorna tadorna)
Alternate name(s): "Shelduck"
German name(s): "Brandgans"

Size: 55-65 cm (male larger than female); wing span 1.0-1.2 m
Weight: 850-1500 g (male), 560-1250 (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Shelduck at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Common Shelduck feeding in shallow water (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Grüner Brink, Fehmarn, Germany, May 2019]

Dorsal view of a (young?) male Common Shelduck (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Common Shelduck with a White Wagtail for comparison (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Grüner Brink, Fehmarn, Germany, April 2016]

Near-frontal view of a male Common Shelduck in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita, Tejo estuary, Portugal, April 2019]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a male Common Shelduck in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita, Tejo estuary, Portugal, April 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Common Shelduck (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Grüner Brink, Fehmarn, Germany, May 2019]

Lateral view of a female Common Shelduck, together with a Common Sandpiper (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female Common Shelduck (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral view of a female Common Shelduck in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral view of a female Common Shelduck in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

PAIR

Near-lateral and dorsal view of two Common Shelducks; the absence of a knob on the bird on the right identifies it as a female (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, January 2016]

Dorsal view of a pair of Common Shelducks feeding in shallow water; the most massive bird, on the right, is the male
(photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Grüner Brink, Fehmarn, Germany, May 2019]

Resting Common Shelducks, male at the centre (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a pair of Common Shelducks in flight, male on the right (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2019]

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a resting Common Shelduck (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

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