Australian Shelduck

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Australian Shelduck
Female
Male
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Tadorninae
Genus: Tadorna
Species: T. tadornoides
Binomial name
Tadorna tadornoides
(Jardine & Selby, 1828)

The Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) is a shelduck, a group of large goose-like birds which are part of the bird family Anatidae. The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl".2 They are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974.

Taxonomy and naming

William Jardine and Prideaux John Selby described the Australian Shelduck in 1828.

Description

The males are mostly dark, with a chestnut breast. They have white neck collars and dark green heads. The females are similar, but they have white around the eyes and are smaller. Both males and females show a white wing during flight.3

Distribution and habitat

The Australian Shelduck breeds in southern Australia and Tasmania.4 In the winter, many birds move further north than the breeding range. As with other shelducks, this species has favourite moulting grounds, such as Lake George, NSW, where sizeable concentrations occur. The Australian Shelduck's primary habitat is lakes in fairly open country. It makes its nest in tree holes, holes in banks, or similar locations.

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tadorna tadornoides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Kear, Janet (2005). Ducks, Geese, and Swans. Oxford University Press. p. 420. ISBN 0-19-861008-4. 
  3. ^ Kightley, Chris (2010). Wildfowl. A&C Black. p. 165. ISBN 1408138956. 
  4. ^ Ogilvie, Malcolm Alexander; Young, Steve (2002). Wildfowl of the World. New Holland Publishers. p. 60. ISBN 1-84330-328-0. 







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