039 Ruddy Shelduck

The Ruddy Shelduck (Tadoma ferruginea), also called Brahminy Duck, is 58-70 cm long duck with orange-brown body plumage, paler head, white wings with black flying feathers, and black bill and legs. Large flocks of these migratory birds winter in the Indian Subcontinent for breeding, generally choosing high altitude lakes and swamps in North India. They are nocturnal omnivorous aquatic feeders.