South African Shelduck
(103) 63 cm; 1,25 kg
SEXES M > F. More richly coloured than Egyptian Goose and with
black (not red) bill and legs; lacks eye and breast patches and has
different head and neck pattern. In flight both sexes show white
All-grey head and neck diagnostic.
Variable amount of white on face.
Resembles M but duller with browner head and neck, and brown on
white wing coverts.
Locally common endemic; widespread movements recorded.
Most inland waters, especially in semi-arid regions.
In winter, mainly crop seeds and algae, supplemented by insects and
crustaceans in summer.
Loud nasal honk by M, slightly higher pitched hank by F,
often as duet in flight.
Nests in disused Aardvark burrows.
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