Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
(aka Shelduck)
Shelduck Trimley Marshes, Suffolk, England, Maarch 2005 - click for larger image England

The Common Shelduck breeds in coastal north-west Europe, the Mediterranean, Central Asia and China. Many northerly populations migrate southwards during the winter but British populations and others are sedentary although they migrate to specific areas for the annual moult.

Shelduck Trimley Marshes, Suffolk, England, Maarch 2005 - click for larger image It is usually found on coastal mudflats.

It looks like a small and well-marked goose. It is generally white with a dark green head, a red bill and a chestnut band across the chest. The male has a prominent bill knob as in photo 1 while the female has a smaller or nonexistent bill knob as in the right-hand bird in photo 2.

Shelduck Trimley Marshes, Suffolk, England, Maarch 2005 - click for larger image It feeds by digging or dabbling on shellfish, snails, insects, small fish and plants.
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