The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

South African Shelduck

Afrikaans name: Kopereend

South African Shelduck

A male South African Shelduck

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The South African Shelduck is found throughout most of South Africa but it is particularly common in the south-west.

Males South African Shelducks are orange-brown in colour with a grey head. Females are similar but their faces are white.

These birds feed on a variety of foods including grain, aquatic invertebrates and algae.

Females make their nests in existing holes such as disused Aardvark burrows. She can lay up to 15 eggs but it is normally around 7 to 11. Both parents tend to the eggs and chicks.

References and further reading

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 133

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 34

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 84

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 72

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 76

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 138

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 58

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 62

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 83

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 88

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 10

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 45

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 36

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 32

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 11

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 100

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 46

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 47

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 49

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 64

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 408

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 88

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 168

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 168

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 55

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 37

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 52

A coloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World - Author: Peter Scott - Published: 1957 - Page: 44

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