Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52533

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Tadorna
Genus species:Tadorna tadorna

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:64 cm
Identification:The shelduck is predominantly white with a glossy green-black head and neck, a chestnut breast band, and a bright red bill.
Habitat:Coastal estuaries
Diet:Omnivore: vegetation, snails, mussels, frogs, earthworms, insects
Reproduction:Nesting begins in early May. Females lay 7-12 eggs that are incubated for 28-30 days.
Mating pairs form very strong pair bonds.
Behavior:Both sexes can be very aggressive.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The vernacular name shelduck is appropriate because, at least in adult males, it does have a definite shield-like enlargement at the base of the bill.

Other Information

Geographic:Western Europe
Southern Europe
Northern Africa
Iran
Northern India
Southern China
Date:1975-08 Subjects:duck-like bird
Common shelduck
European shelduck
Shelduck
Ducks
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata