Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck at Sakkarbaugh Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat, India

Local Name: Brahminy Duck, Bhagavi Surkhab.

Distribution: north-west Africa, Ethiopia and Asia.

Food: Aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

Habitat: Wetland

Features: It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers. It swims well and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks.

(source: display board)

(The photo was taken at Sakkarbaugh Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)