Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Critically Endangered

Crested Shelduck (Tadorna cristata)


French: Tadorne de Corée German: Schopfkasarka Spanish: Tarro crestado

Pseudotadorna cristata

Nagamichi Kuroda

, 1917,

Nakdong River near Busan, South Korea


One phylogenetic analysis found present species to be sister to a clade comprising T. tadornoides and T. variegata#R. Monotypic.


Known from few records in Russian Far East (Primorye), Japan (single 19th-century record from Hokkaido) and South Korea. Last acceptable record from 1964 (islands S of Vladivostok, Russia); unconfirmed sightings in NE China (Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Hebei)#R.

Descriptive notes

60–63 cm. A largely dark-plumaged shelduck. Male has greyish-white face and neck, black breast and collar, greyish-brown mantle, wing-coverts and underparts, and dull orange... read more




Thought to inhabit coastal wetlands and rivers, although it has been speculated that the species... read more

Food and feeding

No data, but it has been suggested that the species feeds at night and is exclusively vegetarian (based on its bill structure), taking... read more


No concrete information, although it has been suggested that the species breeds in tree-holes, perhaps in May–Jul, presumably with the... read more


Considered to be resident, performing at most short-range, local movements (when forms small flocks... read more

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Considered to be possibly Extinct by BirdLife International, given lack of any confirmed modern-day sightings for what is a relatively large and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Crested Shelduck (Tadorna cristata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 February 2020).