Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

South African Shelduck (Tadorna cana) - HBW 1, p. 591

French: Tadorne à tête grise German: Graukopfkasarka Spanish: Tarro Sudafricano
Other common names: African/Cape Shelduck

Taxonomy: Anas cana Gmelin, 1789, Cape of Good Hope.
Sometimes placed in genus Casarca, together with T. ferruginea, T. tadornoides and T. variegata. Forms superspecies with T. ferruginea; some also include T. tadornoides and T. variegata. Hybridazation with other Tadorna species and Alopochen aegyptiacus reported in captivity. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Africa, from C Namibia and S Botswana southwards.

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