Ruddy Shelduck

Ruddy Shelduck is also called Brahminy Duck and is a common winter visitor in India. It has a very beautiful rusty orange plumage which makes it look very different from other ducks. A shelduck is a sort of in-between species between geese and ducks and the Ruddy Shelduck is a goose-like duck that is quite terrestrial in its behaviour and it may also exhibit nomadic movements. It is omnivorous and mainly a nocturnal bird. Ruddy Shelduck are mostly migratory and spend their winters in Southern Asia.

Gujarati Name

ભગવી સુરખાબ, બ્રાહ્મણી બતક

Scientific Name

Tadorna ferruginea

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat

Winter Visitor

IUCN Status

Least Concern

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