AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK
(Tadorna Tadornoides)
Ashy Headed Goose Australian Shoveler


Australia Zone - Slimbridge
Australian Shelduck Duck found in the Australia zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Southern Australia
Breeding Habitat - Southern Australia
South and Western Australia and Tasmania.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winters north of the breeding range.

Conservation Status


Size
550mm to 730mm (22" to 28")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a very dark Green head, Chestnut coloured breast, a White neck collar, dark Blackish body, Black primaries and Green secondaries. It has a Grey bill and Grey legs and feet.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male except it has a White ring around the eye and is also smaller.

Habitat
Lakes, Wetlands, Marshes, Swamps, open Woodlands and Grasslands.

Diet
Grasses, Seeds, Insects, Aquatic Plants and Invertebrates.

Breeding Time
July to December.

Nest
They nest in tree hollows, holes in banks etc.

Eggs
Quantity: 5 to 14.
Colour: Creamy/White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
Bronze Winged Duck (Speculanas Specularis)
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AUSTRALIAN SHELDUCK
Ashy Headed Goose Australian Shoveler
Australian Shelduck
©Nigel Key Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2009)

The Australian Shelduck, also called the Mountain Duck, is a large goose-like bird which is a shelduck.

The Australian Shelduck is a member of the Anatidae bird family, with the genus Tadorna meaning 'pied waterfowl'.

Their conservation status is 'Least Concern' and they are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife act.

   Hear the Australian Shelduck's Call:-


Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge May 2015) Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2015) Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2015)
17/05/14
30/06/15
30/06/15
Female Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013) Female Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013) Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013)
26/07/13
26/07/13
26/07/13
Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge April 2013) Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge April 2013) Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013)
06/04/13
06/04/13
26/07/13
Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2009) Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge September 2009) Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge September 2012)
28/07/12
08/09/12
08/09/12

Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2009) Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2009) Male Australian Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2012)
03/06/09
03/06/09
28/07/12





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