Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Tadorna
Species: Tadorna tadorna

The shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) is a duck related to geese.

Description Edit

It has a white body with chestnut patches, white wing coverts, black primaries, green secondaries, metallic green-black neck and pink beak and feet. It is about 60cm long and its wingspan misures from 110cm to 130cm. The Shelduck resembles a goose because of its neck (which is long for a duck) and behavior. Sexes look alike.

Behavior Edit

Feeding Edit

This bird eats small aquatic invertebrates and plants. It takes these foods from the mud; infact, shelducks spend lots of their time walking in the mood.

Distribution Edit

The Shelduck lives in Eurasian temperate areas. In winter it migrates in subtropical zones in Africa and South Asia.

Habitat Edit

It lives in swamps an nests in holes dug into the ground.

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