Appearance: - The Radjah Shelduck has a white plumage with dark wingtips, secondary feathers are metallic green with white tips, a dark brown-black back, dark collar of feathers around the breast, a pink beak, white eyes with pink eye-ring, and pink legs and feet. Both sexes are alike.
Size: - Typical Adult is 51-61cm (20-24in).
Food: - Molluscs, insects, algae, sedges, roots, and seeds.
Habitat: - Mangrove forests, freshwater swamps and lagoons of New Guinea and northern Australia.
Breeding Season: - Egg-laying is usually done by May or June.
Eggs: - 6 to 12 (creamy white colour).
Notes: - The Radjah Shelduck is sometimes called the Raja Shelduck and is also known as the Burdekin Duck in Australia. They nest in the hollows of trees. This bird is protected in Australia.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Tadorninae, Genus: Tadorna.
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