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Radjah Shelduck

Radjah Shelduck

Radjah Shelduk

Radjah means "king" or "prince" in Hindi, and the radjah shelduck is nearly as eye-catching as a traveling royal—with its pink bill and feet, its white and chestnut coloration, and the white iris of its distinctive eyes. While they are strong swimmers, these ducks are usually found in less than two inches of water, in billabongs, freshwater wetlands, brackish mangroves, lagoons, or paperbark tree swamps in forest and coastal areas of northern Australia, the Moluccas islands of Indonesia, and New Guinea. They are also skilled fliers that have been described as more like geese than ducks—and they are equally good runners, capable of swiftly traversing a muddy bank.

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