French: Tadorne radjah German: Radjahgans Spanish: Tarro rajá
Other common names: White-headed Shelduck
“Garnot” Lesson, 1828,
Subspecies and Distribution
R. r. radjah
(Lesson, 1828) – Moluccas and Lesser Sundas (Tanimbar Is) E to New Guinea and Aru Is.
R. r. rufitergum
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1905) – coastal N Australia from NE Western Australia E to SE Queensland.
48·5–61 cm; 590–1130 g. Unmistakable. Upperwing characteristic in flight with white on coverts, dark primaries and iridescent green secondaries like in... read more
Calls on land, water and in flight, being generally very vocal and showing reasonably produced... read more
Most commonly found in coastal marshes, lagoons, tidal mudflats, mangrove swamps, sheltered bays... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly animal food, with predominance of aquatic invertebrates, such as molluscs, insects and worms; additionally, some vegetable matter,... read more
Laying Feb–May (W of range, Northern Territory), Nov–Jan (in E, e.g. in N Queensland), apparently depending on extent and... read more
Mainly sedentary, N Australian race being somewhat dispersive during dry season; has been recorded... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather uncommon and absent from several suitable areas within main range; has declined due to excessive hunting pressure, as... read more
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