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Shelduck, Cape
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Shelduck, Cape

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Found living along riverbanks, ponds and shallow lakes in South Africa. Sometimes confused with the Ruddy Duck (which some think are a subspecies)The drake has a gray head and neck with buff breast. The rest of the body is chestnut red, similar to the Ruddy. Hens are close in appearance to the drake, but have a white face surrounded by a darker brown head.
In the above photo the male is in the foreground and the female behind.
Their breeding season is from May to June, in the wild, they use holes and burrows made by other animals.They lay 7 to 15 eggs which hatch after 30 days.

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