Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)

The Ruddy Shelduck bird, also known as Tadorna ferruginea, is a magnificent water bird that belongs to the Anatidae family. It is commonly found in the wetlands, lakes, ponds, marshes, and rivers of the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the eastern parts of Europe and Asia.

The Ruddy Shelduck has a striking appearance, with a rusty-red plumage on the head, neck, and breast, contrasting with a white face and striking blue-green wings. The bill is long, broad, and orange in color, with a black tip. The Ruddy Shelduck is medium in size, measuring around 58-70 cm in length and weighing between 1-2.5 kg.

Ruddy Shelducks are primarily herbivorous and feed on a variety of plants, including grasses, seeds, and stems. They are also known to consume small invertebrates like snails and insect larvae occasionally. They often feed while swimming or dabbling, which involves tilting their bills downwards into shallow water to collect food.

During the breeding season, they engage in courtship displays where they stretch their necks, flap their wings, and make a series of honking calls to attract potential mates. The Ruddy Shelduck mates for life, and both partners are involved in building the nest, incubating the eggs, and raising the young.

The Ruddy Shelduck is considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss, hunting, and development activities. The migration patterns of this bird are also badly affected by the presence of dams, barriers, and man-made wetlands. Conservation efforts are being made to protect the existing wetlands and create new ones to provide habitats for this species.

In many cultures, the Ruddy Shelduck holds cultural and religious significance. It is a revered bird in Hinduism and is even mentioned in the Rigveda. In many parts of Asia, this bird is considered a symbol of love and fidelity and is often used in traditional art and literature.

In conclusion, the Ruddy Shelduck is a fascinating and beautiful water bird with unique behavioral and cultural attributes. It is essential to take steps to protect this species and ensure their continued existence in the wild.

Other names

Tadorna ferruginea



Ruddy Shelduck

ànec canyella



zlatnokrila utva

husice rezavá




Tadorne casarca




rudoji urvinė antis


kazarka rdzawa



Utva zlatokrila

kazarka hrdzavá

Tarro canelo



огар рудий


vörös ásólúd


rudā dižpīle


rjasta kozarka