Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna (Linneaus, 1758)

Brightly coloured, Shelduck are striking in appearance, with a dark green head and neck, brown belly stripe, red bill and pink legs. They are large ducks, smaller than a goose, but significantly larger than a Mallard.

Shelduck

Identification

Brightly coloured, Shelduck are striking in appearance, with a dark green head and neck, brown belly stripe, red bill and pink legs. They are large ducks, smaller than a goose, but significantly larger than a Mallard.

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Resident in coastal areas around the UK, Shelduck can also be seen on some inland water bodies. They are a rare visitor to Wyke Farm.

Coasts, estuaries and lakes

Invertebrates

Rare visitor to the lake at Wyke Farm. Just one historical record, thought to have occured in the spring.

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LATIN NAME

Tadorna tadorna

LENGTH (CM)

62

WINGSPAN (CM)

112

WEIGHT (G)

1200

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

10

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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