ruddyshelduck

November 11, 2016 – Ruddy Shelduck, Brahminy Duck, Ruddy Sheld-Duck, or Ruddy Sheldrake (Tadorna ferruginea)

These waterfowl breed from southeastern Europe through southern and central Asia, migrating to South and Southeast Asia and parts of Africa, with several resident populations. They eat aquatic and terrestrial plants, insects, fish, frogs, and worms, foraging at night. Most of the year they are found in small flocks, but during the breeding season they split off into pairs. Nesting in cavities in banks of sand or clay, females incubate the eggs while males guard the nest. Both parents care for the chicks.

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