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Radjah Shelduck - BirdForum Opus

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Alternative name: Burdekin Duck

Radjah radjah


Photo © by RMD
LNhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia

Both the male and female are mostly white, with dark wingtips and a distinctive "collar" of dark feathers. These birds have green bands on the tops of their wings. The female has a harsh rattle and the male has a whistle.[2]

The Radjah Shelduck is listed as a protected bird in all states of Australia [2]


New Guinea and Australia


This bird was placed in the genus Tadorna, but it differs markedly in external morphology, and mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Sraml et al. 1996) suggests its status was reinvestigated.[2]


There are two subspecies1


Mangrove forests and coastline


The Radjah Shelduck forms long-term pair-bonds, and is usually encountered in lone pairs or small flocks. During the wet season the males commonly become very irritable, and have been observed attacking their mates.[2]


Molluscs, insects, sedge materials and algae.


Pairs start searching for nesting sites during the months of January and February. They nest close to their primary food source.[2]

Its nesting materials is self-supplied down feathers. Egg-laying is usually done by May or June; the clutches range from 6 to 12 eggs. Incubation time is about 30 days.[2]


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avianweb

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