South African Shelduck
- In the wild, these ducks may use holes and burrows made by other animals to build their nest.
- Shelducks are not diving birds, but they are able to dive if needed. The young ducklings dive freely but the adults only do so when wounded or frightened.
Predominantly light chestnut coloured with a grey head in the male and a grey head with variable amounts of white in the female.
Endemic to southern Africa, found mainly on waterbodies in semi-arid and grassland regions. Feeds in the water on aquatic invertebrates and algae, and on land on grain in crop fields.
Pair bonds are strong and continue outside the breeding season: possibly permanent. Territorial in the breeding season, otherwise gregarious, particularly during the moulting period.
Status In The Wild
This the species is classed as Least Concern.
The shelduck can be found in the bird string across from the chimpanzees.