Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Bird #79: Common Shelduck

Common Name: Common Shelduck

Scientific Name: Tadorna tadorna

Description:  20-25 inches; large duck; reddish pink bill and legs; dark glossy green head and neck; chest white with brownish band; body white; the wings: primaries black; secondaries green and chestnut. Male: Larger in size; Bill has a fleshy knob at the base.

Habitat: lakes, rivers and salt marshes

Statue: Rare; Eurasian species; First record for this specie of duck in Barbados