Smaller than a goose (L 60 cm) and with distinctive uniformly rust-coloured plumage. The Ruddy Shelduck breeds and winters in association with lakes, lagoons, rivers and streams. Individuals often have been found a considerable distance form water in breeding season. Nests in rock recess, rock faces, ruins, buildings and on trees. The species feeds predominantly on plant material, but insects and other invertebrates are also commonly taken. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The EU breeding population is in the order of 50 pairs. Wetland loss and degradation and hunting at winter sites are the major threats which the species is now facing.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
10 / 40 pairs
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