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.
- 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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