The South African shelduck or Cape shelduck (Tadorna cana) is a 64 cm long bird which breeds in southern Africa. Adult South African shelduck have ruddy bodies and wings strikingly marked with black, white and green. The male has a grey head, and the female has a white face and black crown, nape and neck sides.

Habitat and Distribution

Mainly found in Namibia and South Africa. In the southern winter, many birds move north-east from the breeding range to favoured moulting grounds, where sizable concentrations occur. This species is mainly associated with lakes and rivers in fairly open country.


Breeds in disused mammal holes, usually those of the aardvark.