Both the male and female of the species are mostly white, with dark wingtips and a distinctive collar of dark feathers. Seen from above in flight, the birds have green bands on the tops of their wings. The female has a harsh rattle and the male has a breathy, sore-throat whistle.
The Radjah Shelduck is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Incidentally, the Radjah Shelduck is listed as a protected bird in all states of Australia. Images by Tang (duck on street lamp) and KC (others). Related Posts: No related posts. Email Post Categories: Exotics 4 Comments Comment by Haniman Made Wednesday, 3 of October , 2007 at 11:40 am I have a sneaky feeling that its from the Zoo or Bird Park. More
The Raja Shelduck or Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) (in Australia also known as Burdekin Duck) is a species of shelduck. Placed in the genus Tadorna, it differs markedly in external morphology, and mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Sraml et al. 1996) suggests its status should be reinvestigated. The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl", essentially the same as the English "shelduck". More
Common and especially Radjah Shelducks, and the Egyptian Goose were found to be poorly resolved by mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data; this genus may thus be paraphyletic. More
The Radjah Shelduck is a rather handsome duck of coastal tropical Australia. From a distance, the plumage looks black and white, but the dark plumage is actually chestnut. It is often seen feeding by dabbling in shallow water, as in the first photo, working its way around the margins of lagoons and wetlands. More
Radjah Shelducks, White-headed Shelducks or Burdekin Ducks = Duck Information ... Duck Species ... Photo Gallery Books / CDs about Ducks, Geese and Other Fowl (USA, Canada, German, UK) White-headed Shelduck (Tadorna radjah radjah) Raja Shelduck or Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) The Radjah Shelduck or White-headed Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) is a species of shelduck. It is more commonly known as a Burdekin Duck. More
The Radjah Shelduck is a big white duck with a brown back and wing tips and a rusty band across its breast. It has pink legs, pink feet, pink beak, even pink eyes! It lives in shallow water in tropical Australia. It lays lots of eggs, sometimes as many as fifteen, in a hollow in a tree. The ducklings leave the nest soon after they hatch. More
Both the male and female Radjah Shelducks are similar in their black and white coloring. Their heads, necks and under parts are white. Their wings and a prominent band across their breast are black. The Radjah ducks secondary feathers are metallic green in color with white tips. Their legs, feet and bill are light pink. These shelducks have a body length of 51 to 61 cm. The wingspan is approximately twice the body length. More
The Radjah Shelduck's inhabits to mangrove forests and coastline of New Guinea and Australia. In Australia, its primary range takes in much of coastal tropical northern Australia, from central Queensland through northern Northern Territory (including Kakadu National Park) to the Kimberley in Western Australia. The species prefers the brackish waters of mangrove flats and paperbark tree swamps, but will visit freshwater swamps, lagoons, and billabongs further inland during the wet season. More
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