Tadorna radjah

Description

The Radjah Shelduck is white with a chestnut band across its chest. Its wingtips, back, rump and tail are black while green and russet patches may be seen in a distinct pattern along its extended wings. It has a white eye with pink legs, feet and beak. The juvenile is much like the adult, except that the white portions are slightly brown.

Size

Measures between 48- 60cm in body length and weighs approximately 900 grams.

Food

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The Radjah Shelduck is an omnivore and eats molluscs, insects, algae and sedges. It uses its beak to filter the water in search of bugs and seeds.

Distribution

Found in the coastal tropics of northern Australia. Most common in northern Queensland across to coastal Northern Territory to Fitzroy River of Western Australia.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Radjah Duck

Habitat

They inhabit the coastal marshes, lagoons and swamps. They prefer large areas of shallow brackish or saline water.

Breeding

The Radjah Shelduck nests close to both water and its food supply and so is rarely seen too far from water. It often chooses a hollow tree to hold its cream coloured eggs. The female will produce 6-12 eggs and will solely incubate the eggs for approximately 30 days. The ducklings leave the nest soon after hatching, heading straight for the water to clean off. Both parents care for the ducklings.