(Tadorna Cana)
Snow Goose              Southern Pochard

Flamingo Lagoon - Slimbridge
The South African Shelduck in Flamingo Lagoon, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
South Africa
Breeding Habitat - South Africa
Namibia and South Africa.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
They winter to North East Africa.

Conservation Status

640mm (25")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Grey head and upper neck, a Black bill, a Buff lower neck and breast. The body is Chestnut Brown with Black with White and Green wings. The legs and feet are dark Grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male except it has a White face with dark Brown head and neck.

Wetlands, Lakes, Rivers, Ponds and Grasslands.

Aquatic Plants, Insects, Grasses, Grain, Algae, Worms, small Fish and Crustaceans.

Breeding Time
April to September.

The nest is built in sand dunes, Aardvark burrows, or rough ground.

Quantity: 6 to 15.
Colour: Dull White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl S - Z
Shelduck (Tadorna Tadorna)
Smew (Mergellus Albellus)
Snow Goose (Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)
Southern Pochard (Netta Erythrophthalma)
Southern Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
Swan Goose (Anser Cygnoides)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)
Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula)
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)
White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)
White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
White-headed Duck (Oxyura Leucocephala)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus)
Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas Undulata)
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Snow Goose              Southern Pochard
South African Shelduck
©Nigel Key South African Shelduck (Slimbridge March 2012)

The South African Shelduck, also known as the Cape Shelduck, is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae and is classed as a Shelduck.

The South African Shelduck breeds in Southern Africa, mainly in Namibia.

The South African Shelduck is one of the birds to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds applies.
   Hear the South African Shelduck's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
South African Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2015) South African Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2015) South African Shelduck (Slimbridge June 2015)
South African Shelduck (Slimbridge July 2012) South African Shelduck (Slimbridge September 2013) South African Shelduck (Slimbridge September 2013)
Male South African Shelduck (Slimbridge August 2011) Male South African Shelduck (Slimbridge August 2011) Male South African Shelduck (Slimbridge October 2011)
Male 15/08/11
Male 15/08/11
Male 01/10/11

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