South African Shelduck

Tadorna cana

Fascinating Facts

Physical Characteristics

Predominantly light chestnut coloured with a grey head in the male and a grey head with variable amounts of white in the female.


Endemic to southern Africa, found mainly on waterbodies in semi-arid and grassland regions. Feeds in the water on aquatic invertebrates and algae, and on land on grain in crop fields.

Social Behavior

Pair bonds are strong and continue outside the breeding season: possibly permanent. Territorial in the breeding season, otherwise gregarious, particularly during the moulting period.

Status In The Wild

This the species is classed as Least Concern.


The shelduck can be found in the bird string across from the chimpanzees.

Animals & Exhibits