Key information: The Common Shelduck is a large duck that visits Cyprus in the winter. It has a distinctive plumage that makes it unmistakable. Male and female are similar, except from the fact that the female lacks the raised red bill knob. It can often be seen out of the water grazing in mudflats and grassy areas.
Length: 55 – 65 cm
When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring
What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds
In Cyprus: Can be seen at Larnaka and Akrotiri Salt Lakes
Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis