Ruddy Shelduck (Brahminy Duck) Tadorna ferruginea

Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
A shelduck is a large, gooselike duck. The Ruddy Shelduck is native to Mediterranean Europe across Asia to China. They are sacred to Buddhists of Mongolia and Tibet. The male in breeding plumage (above) has a thin black ring around his neck.
Ruddy Shelduck female
Ruddy Shelduck female
Ruddy Shelduck
The female Ruddy Shelduck (above) looks similar to the male, often smaller, but does not have a black neck-ring. She usually has a lighter head and sometimes has a white face patch in breeding plumage.
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
The Ruddy Shelduck (this page) looks similar to the Cape Shelduck body (see below) but the latter has a grey head (female has dark grey head with white face).
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck
Mating pair; they like shallow water for mating.
Ruddy Shelduck
Ruddy Shelduck White and green wing feathers visible in flight
Ruddy Shelduck Comparison with Fulvous Whistling Duck (keeping well clear)
Ruddy Shelduck They are cantankerous in the breeding season.