Shelducks

Tribe Tadornini

Tribe List based on Helm’s “Wildfowl of Europe, Asia and North America” by Sebastien Reeber published by Bloomsbury 2015 ISBN: 978-1-4729-1234-3 with additional South American species not included in that publication from “Coloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World” by Peter Scott updated and published by WWT in 2006 ISBN: 0-900806-35-4

See Also: Dabbling Ducks Diving Ducks Sea Ducks

The shelducks are a group of larger often semi-terrestrial waterfowl, which can be seen as intermediate between geese (Anserinae) and ducks. They are mid-sized (some 50–60 cm) Old World waterfowl.  Their diet consists of small shore animals (winkles, crabs etc.) as well as grasses and other plants.


COMMON SHELDUCK (Tadorna tadnorna)

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This is a big, colourful duck, bigger than a mallard but smaller than a goose. Both sexes have a dark green head and neck, a chestnut belly stripe and a red bill.

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RUDDY SHELDUCK (Tadnorna ferruginea)

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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

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Information on individual species taken from Avian Web, The WWT, RSPB and audubon

Pictures by Ken James


See Also: Dabbling Ducks Diving Ducks Sea Ducks