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Common Shelduck
Common Shelduck
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Tadorninae
Genus: Tadorna
Boie, 1822

T. ferruginea
T. cana
T. tadornoides
T. variegata
T. cristata
T. tadorna
T. radjah

The Shelducks, genus Tadorna, are a group of large birds in the Tadorninae subfamily of the Anatidae, the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl such as the geese and swans.

A shelduck is approximately 58.5 cm in length and has a white plumage with bold brown and black markings. It can be found from the British Isles across, Europe and Asia to Eastern China.

The shelducks are a group of larger often semi-terrestrial waterfowl, which can be seen as intermediate between geese (Anserinae) and ducks. Their diet consists of small shore animals ( winkles, crabs etc) as well as grasses and other plants.


  • Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
  • Cape Shelduck Tadorna cana
  • Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
  • Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata
  • Crested Shelduck Tadorna cristata
  • Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
  • Radjah Shelduck Tadorna radjah
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