Common Shelduck

Zoo Location: Wetland
 Common Shelduck

Coasts and estuaries.

Wild Diet

Molluscs, particularly the estuarine snail Hydrobia, as well as on fish, fish eggs, insects and algae.


Shelducks are large goose-like ducks. Females are smaller than males and have white feathers between their eyes and bill. Pair bonds are strong and permanent. At breeding grounds pairs take up territories.


The female lays 9 eggs in a burrow and incubates them for 28-30 days, while the male defends her.


  • Latin Name: Tadorna tadorna
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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