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Photo © by redwing
Tadorna tadorna


  • White body
  • Chestnut breast band
  • Green neck and head (looks black)
  • Black scapulars, flight feathers and stripe from breast band to vent
  • Reddish-yellow undertail coverts
  • White tail with black tip
  • Red bill with fleshy knob (larger in spring Male)


Palearctic region; winters to Near East, India and Myanmar.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Wintering group in North India
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Nazafgarh Wetland and Marshes, Delhi-Gurgaon Border, India, February-2018


Estuaries, lakes, rivers and salt marshes.



They nest in burrows, holes, caves and cliffs. The nest is lined with down for the 8-12 white eggs. Both sexes incubate and care for the young.


The diet includes invertebrates.


Photo © by Leo Tukker
Inlaag Keihoogte, Wissenkerke, Netherlands, September 2015

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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  3. BWPI
  4. Wikipedia
  5. bio.edu.ee

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Photo © by ody
Axios Delta, Greece December 2008

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