Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck

A distinctive duck with beautiful rusty orange plumage, the ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) looks very different from almost all other waterfowl.The head is lighter than the body, with a white face and crown and often a dusky patch at the rear of the head.The neck is buffy and the stubby bill is black .The rump, tail and primary and secondary feathers are black, often with a glossy green sheen, and contrast with the white wing-coverts ,which are most conspicuous when the ruddy shelduck is in flight .The legs and feet are both black,and there is a black collar on the neck, which is absent or broken on breeding birds.[]


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