Burdekin Duck (Radjah Shelduck)

Distribution and Habitat

Map showing the Australian distribution of the Burdekin duck.

The Burdekin Duck is found in coastal tropical Australia from central Queensland to the Kimberlys in Western Australia, particularly throughout the mangrove flats and paperbark swamps. The species prefers brackish waters but will visit freshwater swamps and lagoons further inland during the wet season.

Status

The Burdekin Duck is fully protected in all states and must not be shot.

The Burdekin Duck is fully protected in all states and must not be shot.

Description

In flight, the Burdekin Duck has prominent white shoulder patches and an all white head, neck and belly and bases of wings. It has a dark neck ring, wing tips and tail.

On the water or on land, the Burdekin Duck a medium-sized duck with a white head, neck and belly and a dark back.

Voice

The Burdekin Duck is very vocal. The female has a harsh rattle and the male has a hoarse whistle.

Images

Here are some images of the Burdekin Duck.

Close up of Burdekin duck wings and head showing markings.Diagrams of Burdekin duck in profile.