Common Shelduck

common-shelduck

Common shelduck is widespread and common in Eurasia.

How does the bird appear…

It resembles short necked goose in size and shape. It has white body with chestnut patches and black belly. It has dark green head and neck. Bill is reddish pink and legs are pink. Both sexes are alike but females are smaller and duller. The breeding male develops a swollen red bill knob.

The chick has white down with dark markings on the upperparts.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits estuaries and mudflats, shores of salt and brackish water lakes.

Food

It feeds on larvae, pupae , aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

Breeding & Nesting

It breeds from April to June. It nests in tree hole or rabbit burrows. Incubation period is of 29-31 days and incubation is done by female alone.

 

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