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Common Shelduck

Zoo Location: Wetland
Common Shelduck
Habitat

Coasts and estuaries.

Wild Diet

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

Behaviour

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.

Breeding

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

INFORMATION

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