Common Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna

Armenian Name: Խայտաբադ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Common Shelduck

See Plate 19 for Common Shelduck and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:58-67 cm, Wing Span:110-133 cm
Distribution Map: Map 69.
Adult: Mostly white with red bill, green head and neck, brown-red breast band, blackish stripe down belly and on sides of back, black flight feathers. Male has knob at base of bill. Female has white forehead; bill lacks knob.
Juvenile: Whitish underparts and pinkish bill.
Behavior: Roosts on bare shores or open water during day. Single birds may be seen with Ruddy Shelducks, but typically flocks with own species.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates, small fish, aquatic plants.
Nest: Shallow scrape lined with down in burrow, hollow tree, building cavity.
Eggs: 66 mm, 8-10, off-white.