- PLAN YOUR VISIT
Tickets and Info
Animals and Exhibits
Donations and Membership
Education and Conservation
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.
Pair bonds are strong and continue outside the breeding season: possibly permanent. Territorial in the breeding season, otherwise gregarious, particularly during the moulting period.
This the species is classed as Least Concern.
The shelduck can be found in the bird string across from the chimpanzees.