Ruddy Shelduck
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Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck - photograph by David Behrens

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadrona ferruginea), also called Brahminy Duck, is a common winter visitor in  Haryana. This bird is found in large wetlands of north India. This bird is an orange brown duck and the male develops a black collar in the breeding season. Common winter migrant to large open lakes, wetlands and rivers with mud flats and shingle banks. Found in large congregation on lakes and reservoirs.  It breeds in high altitude lakes and swamps in Jammu & Kashmir. Arrives in North India by October and departs by April.

Order: ANSERIFORMES   Family: Anserini   Size: 65 cm   Local name: Surkhab, Chakwa (male), Chakwi (female).

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