Australian Shelduck (species: Tadorna (Tadorna) tadornoides) in Murray Valley NP (Gaia Guide)
Tadorna (Tadorna) tadornoides
Australian Shelduck

©Arthur Chapman: Female Australian Shelduck (Tadorna (Tadorna) tadornoides)

©Arthur Chapman: Male Australian Shelduck (Tadorna (Tadorna) tadornoides)

©Arthur Chapman: Australian Shelduck (Tadorna (Tadorna) tadornoides) ducklings
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae
Genus Tadorna
Species Tadorna (Tadorna) tadornoides
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The male is mostly dark, with a chestnut breast, white neck collar and dark green head. The female is similar, but has white around the eye. Both sexes show large white wing patches in flight. (Wikipedia)


  • From 59 cm to 72 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males
  • From 58 cm to 68 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Australian Shelduck breeds in southern Australia and Tasmania. In the winter, many birds move further north than the breeding range. As with other shelducks, this species has favourite moulting grounds, such as Lake George, NSW, where sizeable concentrations occur. The Australian Shelduck's primary habitat is lakes in fairly open country. It makes its nest in tree holes, holes in banks, or similar locations. (Wikipedia)

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