Shelducks (Genus Tadorna)
BIRDS / AQUATIC BIRDS / DUCKS, GEESE & SWANS /
The shelducks, genus Tadorna, are a group of large birds in the Tadorninae subfamily of the Anatidae,
The shelducks are a group of larger often semi-terrestrial waterfowl, which can be seen as intermediate between geese (Anserinae) and ducks. They are mid-sized (some 50–60 cm) Old World waterfowl. The sexes are colored slightly differently in most species, and all have a characteristic upperwing coloration in flight: the tertiary remiges form a green speculum, the secondaries and primaries are black, and the coverts (forewing) are white. Their diet consists of small shore animals (winkles, crabs etc.) as well as grasses and other plants.
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