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South African Shelduck Tadorna Cana

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South African Shelduck

Male - The male South African Shelduck has a grey head and upper neck, a buff lower neck and breast, a chestnut body, strikingly marked black, white and green wings, and a black beak.
Female - The female is similar except for a white face with a dark-brown head and neck.


Size: - Typical Adult is about 64cm (25in).

Food: - Aquatic plants, grasses, grain, molluscs, crustaceans, small fish, worms, and insects.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, shallow lakes, rivers, ponds and grasslands of Namibia, and South Africa. In Winter many will move further to the north-east of their breeding ground.

South African Shelduck Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - April to September.

Eggs:- 7-15 (dull-white colour).

Notes: - The South African Shelduck or Cape Shelduck like other Shelducks nest in old animal burrows and cavities.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Tadorninae, Genus: Tadorna.

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South African Shelduck
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)