Ruddy Shelduck

Scientific Name: Tadorna ferruginea
Common Name: Ruddy Shelduck
Other Name: Brahminy duck

Identifying Features: Orange-brown body plumage with a paler head, tail and the flight feathers in the wings are black, wing-coverts are white, orange-brown head and neck separated from the body by a narrow black collar, female lacks black collar, black bill.

Fun Facts:

  • Mainly nocturnal bird.
  • There is a strong pair bond between the male and female and it is thought they pair for life.
  • The nest is constructed by the female using feathers and down and some grasses.
  • Buddhists regard the ruddy shelduck as sacred.


This image was clicked by Bob Silver – via Flickr.

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