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