Tadorna cornuta

Tadorna cornuta, S. G. Gm.

956. :- T. vulpanser, Flem. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 794; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 290; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 135.


Length, 23.5 to 25.25; expanse, 41 to 46 ; wing, 12.5 to 13.6 ; tail, 4.75 to 5.5 ; tarsus, 2.1 to 2.3 ; bill from gape, 2.2 to 2.4 ; weight, 2 1/16 to 2 14/16

Length, 20.8 to 22; expanse, 39 to 42; wing, 11.75 to 12.4 ; tail, 4.2 to 4.9 ; tarsus, 1.95 to 2.07; bill from gape, 2.1 to 2.2 ; weight, 2 to 2 6/16 lbs.

Bill deep red ; nail dusky; irides brown ; legs and feet fleshy-pink to fleshy-red.

Male, head and upper part of neck deep blackish-green, with, glossy reflections ; lower part of the neck, back, and wing-coverts, rump, and base of the tail, white, the latter black tipped ; scapulars black ; primaries black ; greater-coverts, forming the speculum, rich bronzed-green, three or four of the secondaries next the black, with their outer webs, rich orange-brown ; lower plumage white ; a broad band of ferruginous-brown across the breast, the ends passing upwards and uniting between the shoulders ; a mesial line on the abdomen, widening at the vent, black ; under tail-coverts pale reddish-brown.

The male is rather brighter in color than the female, and during the breeding season acquires a large fleshy knob at the base of the upper mandible.

The Shieldrake, within our limits, has only been recorded from Sind, where it occurs as a cold weather visitant. It affects the sea coast principally, but is occasionally found on the larger, lakes.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Tadorna cornuta
Spp Author: 
S. g. gm.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Common Shelduck
Tadorna tadorna
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