RUDDY SHELDUCK
(Tadorna Ferruginea)
Ruddy-Headed Goose              Shelduck


Asia Zone - Slimbridge
The Ruddy Shelduck found in the Asia zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)

Central Asia
Breeding Habitat - Central Asia
Greece, Romania, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. Central Asia East to Mongolia and China South to Tibet.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
They winter in the Indian Subcontinent.

Conservation Status


Size
580mm to 700mm (23" to 27")

Appearance - Drake
The male has Orange Brown plumage with a lighter face and crown with a Black collar around the neck just above the breast. The rump and tail are Black and the wings are White with Black flight feathers. The bill is Black and the legs and feet are also Black.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male except it is lighter in the face and lacks the neck collar. It is also slightly smaller.

Habitat
Wetlands, Marshes, Rivers, Mud Flats, Shingle Banks, Lakes and Reservoirs.

Diet
Aquatic Plants, Insects, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Grasses, Rice and small Fish.

Breeding Time
April to May.

Nest
The nest is built in a cavity in a river bank.

Eggs
Quantity: 6 to 16.
Colour: Creamy White.

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Maccoa Duck (Oxyura Maccoa)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas Semipalmata)
Magellan Goose (Chloephaga Picta)
Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos)
Mandarin (Aix Galericulata)
Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta Angustirostris)
Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina Moschata)
Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor)
Northern Pintail (Anas Acuta)
Northern Shoveler (Anas Clypeata)
Pacific Black Duck (Anas Superciliosa)
Patagonian Crested Duck (Lophonetta Specularioides Specularioides)
Philippine Duck (Anas Luzonica)
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Eytoni)
Pochard (Aythya Ferina)
Puna Teal (Anas Puna)
Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna Radjah)
Red-billed Teal (Anas Erythrorhyncha)
Red-breasted Goose (Branta Ruficollis)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta Rufina)
Redhead (Aythya Americana)
Red Shoveler (Anas Platalea)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya Collaris)
Ringed Teal (Callonetta Leucophrys)
Ross's Goose (Anser Rossii or Chen Rossii)
Rosybill (Vetta Peposaca)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Jamaicensis)
Ruddy-Headed Goose (Chloephaga Rubidiceps)
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna Ferruginea)
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RUDDY SHELDUCK
Ruddy-Headed Goose              Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
©Nigel Key Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge May 2012)

The Ruddy Shelduck is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae and is classed as a Shelduck.

In Western Europe the ruddy Shelduck is considered a pest as many captive birds have escaped and established themselves in the wild and are a threat to the native waterfowl due to their aggressive behaviour and interbreeding.

Due to this the Ruddy Shelduck is subject to an eradication scheme.
   Hear the Ruddy Shelduck's Call:-


Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge May 2014) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2014) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2015)
17/05/14
22/07/14
30/06/15
Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge March 2014) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge March 2014) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge May 2014)
16/03/14
16/03/14
17/05/14
Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge September 2013) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge November 2013) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge November 2013)
04/09/13
23/11/13
23/11/13
Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2013)
06/07/13
26/07/13
26/07/13
Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge May 2012) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2012) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge September 2012)
26/05/12
28/07/12
28/07/12
Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge August 2009) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge March 2011) Ruddy Shelduck (Slimbridge March 2012)
07/08/09
25/03/11
24/03/12





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