(Chloephaga Rubidiceps)
Ruddy Duck            Ruddy Shelduck

Geese of the World - Slimbridge
Ruddy-Headed Goose found by Geese of the World Zone, SlimbridgeMap (WWT Slimbridge)
South America
Breeding Habitat - South America
Falkland Islands, Chile and Tierra del Fuego.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winters in Southern Argentina

Conservation Status

450mm to 500mm (18" to 20")

Appearance - Drake
The head and upper neck is Chestnut Brown, Dark Brown eyes with a White eye ring and a short Black bill. The breast and underparts are Buff with Black barring and the upperparts are Grey, the tail and rump are Black. The wings are White with Black primary feathers, Brown tertials and a Green speculum. The legs and feet are Orange.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male.

Open grassy plains and meadows.

Grasses, plants, stems, seedheads and sedges.

Breeding Time
September to October.

Quantity: 4 to 11.
Colour: Light Brown

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Ruddy Duck                Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy-Headed Goose
©Nigel Key Ruddy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge May 2017)

The Ruddy-Headed Goose is a sheldgoose of the sub family Tadorninae, which breeds in southern most South America.

The Ruddy-Headed Goose remains numerous in the Falkland Islands but has been reduced to a few hundered in Tierra del Fuego mainly due to the South American Grey Fox which was introduced to control the rabbit population.

The Ruddy-Headed Goose is now protected under the Bonn Convention which came into force in 2016.
   Hear the Ruddy-Headed Goose's Call:-

Photographs © Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Ruddy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge May 2017) Ruddy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge May 2017) Ruddy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge May 2017)

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