Australian Shelduck

Tadorna tadornoides

A pair of Australian Shelducks, male in the front

These pretty, medium-sized ducks do well in collections and may be kept in groups or with other species. They do require both greens and extra animal food (e.g., worms, minced meat) in their diet. Ground nests are preferred, in hollow trees or burrows. The female has a white ring around her eye.

They need protection from extreme cold in winter.


Australian Shelduck Links:

Here's the National Zoo's page on Australian Shelduck

Jan's Ornamental Waterfowl

Australian Shelducks at Griffin's Waterfowl


Two pairs of Australian Shelducks

A female, clearly showing the eye ring

And a drake, clearly showing the lack of an eye ring
Photo courtesy of David Townsend

A pinioned male -- here you can see the white wing markings


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