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Tadorna tadorna


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


Photo © by ody
Axios Delta, Greece December 2008


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.



  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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