Today a pretty species of waterfowl joins Birdorable! The Ruddy Shelduck is our 50th species in the duck, goose, and swan family.Ruddy Shelducks are large ducks with a wide range and growing population across much of Asia. Ruddy Shelducks are also found in isolated populations in Europe and Africa; unfortunately these groups are in decline. Ruddy Shelducks are aptly named, having an overall orange-brown (ruddy) body plumage, with a somewhat lighter shade over the head. Black flight feathers and white coverts can be seen in flight and in part while the bird is resting or swimming.
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Tomorrow's new Birdorable is a native of Australia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. This little songbird is named for its fabulous tail. Do you know the species?