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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

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Resident species to the UK Shelducks are found mainly in coastal areas, although they can also be found around inland waters such as reservoirs and gravel workings. They feed on a diet of invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic snails.
It is larger than a mallard but smaller than a goose. Sexes are similar but the male has a prominent red knob at the top of his bill. This is absent in the female who also has a white patch around the base of its bill and face. Shelducks nest either in dense vegetation or in old rabbit burrows.

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