Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna ferruginea

Armenian Name: Կարմիր բադ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Ruddy Shelduck

See Plate 19 for Ruddy Shelduck and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:61-67 cm, Wing Span:121-145 cm
Distribution Map: Map 68.
Description: Brown-red body with paler head, white innerwings with black flight feathers, black legs and bill. Male: black neck collar in breeding plumage. Female: paler head; lacks neck collar.
Behavior: Often feeds along shallow shorelines. Very vocal in flight. Large concentrations of molting birds occur in late summer and autumn.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes, and adjacent fields.
Food: Aquatic plants, grain shoots, invertebrates, mollusks.
Nest: Shallow depression in abandoned fox burrow or rock crevice.
Eggs: 67 mm, 8-12, white.