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Shelduck: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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Like many waders, shelduck feed on the tiny water snail “hydrobia”, but, unlike shore-feeding birds, these ducks can obtain them by up-ending in shallow water when the hydrobia emerge from the mud as the tide covers them. Both sexes of shelduck have the same boldly coloured plumage, although the adult male is distinguished by the large knob at the base of its bill. The nest is placed in a rabbit burrow or under rocks, providing the female with the protection it is not afforded by camouflage colouring.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. We are able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

 

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