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Common Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna
SHELDUCK


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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

Habitat: Wetlands

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

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