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Bird Burdekin Duck (Tadorna radjah rufitergum)

Blake

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Common Name: Burdekin Duck

Scientific Name: Tadorna radjah rufitergum

Family: Anatidae

Order: Anseriformes

Other Names: Raja Shelduck

Distribution: Coastal tropical northern Australia

Habitat: Mangrove flats and paperbark tree swamps, lagoons, and billabongs.

Field Notes: A simple white coloured duck with a distinctive chestnut band around the chest. The back of the duck is also wulnut brown in colour and connects to the circular chest band. The wingtips are wulnut to black in colour. The feet and bill are pink.

They are often seen traveling in pairs which they maintain for long periods.

The diet consists mainly of mollusks, insects, sedge materials and algae. Nesting take place during the months of January and February, often in the hollows of trees.

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Image By Blake - July 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo

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