14 April, 2012

Australian Shelduck

Scientific Name: Tadorna tadornoides

Population Estimate: 340K - 1.2M

Range / Habitat: Found in open wetlands in southern Australia and Tasmania. They occasionally appear in New Zealand. 

Field Notes: Large, black-headed duck with white neck ring and chestnut breast. Black back and wings with large chestnut and white patches in wing. Female with white eye ring and white base of bill, as above. 

Personal Notes: Seen at the Melbourne Zoo, Australia. 

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