Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna


The Shelduck is a large, mainly white duck, with a prominent red bill, black-green head, and chestnut and white upper parts. In flight, Shelducks look heavy and have slow-beating wings.

Identification difficulty

Shelducks are found mainly in coastal areas, although they can also be found around inland waters such as reservoirs and gravel workings.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

This species breeding in rabbit burrows, tree holes, haystacks or similar. They eat invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic snails.

UK Status

Widely distributed though mainly coastal in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare escape or vagrant in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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