[Tadorna ferruginea]

  Habitat: Freshwater, salty and brackish lakes and rivers
  Weight: 2-3.5 lbs
  Length: 24-26 in.
  Average Lifespan: 9 years
  Incubation Period: 28-29 days
  Number of Young: 8-9 eggs

   Ruddy Shelduck Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Also known as brahminy duck or ruddy sheldrake
- Identified by its trumpeting and honking “choor” and “aakh” calls
- Diet consists of aquatic and terrestrial vegetation, insects, fish, frogs and worms
- Their nest is a cavity created in a sand or clay bank
- Male guards the nest while female incubates the eggs

Ruddy Shelduck Coloring Sheet

  [Anser anser domesticus]

  Habitat: Large gardens, pastures, orchards
  Weight: 20-30 lbs
  Wingspan: 58-66"
  Average Lifespan: 10 years
  Incubation Period: 28-35 days
  Number of Young: 25-40 eggs per year

    

  - Named for the French city where it originated
  - Derived from European Greylag Goose
  - Originally bred for their ability to gain weight rapidly
  - These heavy birds are not good fliers
  - Distinguished by the exaggerated dewlap on their neck
  - Mate for life

 

Toulouse Geese Coloring Sheet

  [Cygnus atratus]
  Habitat: Wetlands
  Height: 44-55"
  Weight: 8-20 lbs
  Wingspan: Up to 6 1/2'
  Max Lifespan: 40 years
  Incubation Period: 35-40 days
  Number of Young: Lays 4-6 eggs at a time
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

  

  -  Swan parents take turns on the nest keeping the eggs warm
  -  Parents often carry young cygnets on their backs while swimming
  -  Often nest in loose colonies, unlike most other swans who do not tolerate other pairs anywhere near their nest
  -  Do not dive for food, but use their long necks to reach plants
  -  Has been noted for swimming with only one leg, the other leg being rotated over the body and tucked under its furled wings

Australian Black Neck Swan Coloring Sheet

  [Pelecanus rufescens]
  Habitat: Freshwater wetlands, lakes, rivers, ponds, swamps, Coast or in Alkaline Lakes
  Size:
50" 
  Weight: 12 lbs 
  Wingspan: 8'
  Max Lifespan: Up to 30 years
  Incubation Period: 30 days 
  Number of Young: 2-3
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

  

 

 

  - Pelicans rub the backs of their heads on their preen glands to pick up its oily secretion which they transfer to their plumage to waterproof it.
  - When they catch fish, they must drain their throat pouch above the surface before they can swallow.
  - They cool themselves by fluttering air over the moist skin on the inside of their throat pouches.
  - They must run over water, beat their big wings, and pound the surface of the water with both feet in unison to get enough speed for takeoff.

 

Pink-Backed Pelican Coloring Sheet

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