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Bird name:

Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

SU

BTO 5

SHELD

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Shelduck is a resident of many coastal areas in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Shelduck: Large, long-necked duck of coastal areas. Dark green-black head and upper neck with red-orange, knobbed bill. White with red-brown on breast and upper back, thick black stripe on belly, and orange-brown on vent. Wings white with black, dark green, and patch of red-brown.


Range and Habitat

Shelduck: Resident breeder and winter visitor in the UK & Ireland. Birds can be seen all year long. Resident birds are found at coastal areas across the UK, but are uncommon in Scotland except at large estuaries. Habitat includes sandy coastal areas, lakes, reservoirs, gravel pits and estuaries.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Shelduck 4

  • Title: Shelduck 4
  • Description: Display calls, whistling and quacking.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Shelduck 3

  • Title: Shelduck 3
  • Description: Female quacking and male whistling.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Shelduck 5

  • Title: Shelduck 5
  • Description: Flight calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"sliss-sliss-sliss-sliss", "gag-ag-ag-ag-ag-ak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Young Shelducks will dive under water to avoid predators and the adults will fly away from them to act as a decoy.
  • Moulting flocks can be very large–up to 100,000 on the Wadden Sea–since most pairs leave their partially grown young in a crèche with just one or two adults.
  • A group of shelducks are collectively known as a "doading" or a "dopping" of shelducks.

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