Big shelduck, big attitude

Most species of the tribe Tadornini are found in the Southern Hemisphere; shelducks being more aquatic than sheldgeese. The Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides is a large rusty-brown duck with large patches of white on the wings. Females have a white eye-ring, and are slightly smaller than drakes. Shelducks can be challenging in aviculture as they form strong pair bonds and are highly territorial.

Australian Shelduck female swimming
Australian Shelduck female – Ian Gereg