As is common with most ducks, the male ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) is brighter and more decorated, developing a black collar during the breeding season, than the female in order to attract a mate. The pair nests in a tree hollow, among stone piles, or in an abandoned burrow.
- Where to see them: Northern Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia
- Length: 2 to 2.2 ft
- Weight: 2.5 to 3 lbs
- Habitat: Freshwater wetlands and grasslands
- Diet: Shoots, grains and carrion