Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Male Ruddy Shelduck, Ourzazate, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image Ourzazate, Morocco
April 2014

The Ruddy Shelduck breeds primarily from south-east Europe through Turkey to Mongolia and this population migrates south in the winter to India and south-east Asia. There is a disjunct population in north-west Africa, mainly in Morocco, and this population is sedentary. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It is found in a variety of mainly brackish water bodies where it feeds on plants, invertebrates and small fish.

Males and females are similar but the breeding male is brighter in colour and shows a narrow dark ring around the neck as seen here.

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