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Bird name:

Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna ferruginea

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

UD

BTO 5

RUDSH

Euring 5

01710
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Ruddy Shelduck is a very rare migrant to the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It may have been more regular in the past but hasn't occurred in many years. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a very rare migrant.

SUMMARY

Overview

Ruddy Shelduck: Large duck with yellow-brown head and neck. Black bill, legs, feet, tail, and neck band. Rest of the body is red-brown. Wings have black flight feathers and white shoulders and wing linings. Dark black-green patch in secondaries. Direct flight with strong wingbeats.


Range and Habitat

Ruddy Shelduck: Uncommon passage visitor in the UK. When found in the UK, most liikely to be seen on the east coast of England. Prefers flooded fields and marshes, streams or slow-flowing rivers, freshwater ponds, and brackish lakes in lowland regions.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"aakh", "ah-onk", "pok-pok-pok-pok",

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The genus name for the Ruddy Shelduck, Tadorna, comes from a Celtic root and means "pied waterfowl", which is essentially the same as the English "shelduck."
  • Most birds that occur in the UK are thought to be feral and can turn up anywhere.
  • In India it is known as the Brahminy Duck. In Tibet and Mongolia it is considered sacred by Buddhists; it is also considered sacred in Slavic mythology.
  • A group of shelducks are collectively known as a "doading" or a "dopping" of shelducks.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Michael Oberhofer

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Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX