Ruddy Shelduck is a widespread bird in Asia, but more localized in the Northern Half of Africa and rare in Europe.
Despite it is categorised as “least concern” according to IUCN / Birdlife International, it is decreasing quickly in some places mainly because of hunting and poaching (what is the difference for the victim or for the population that shooting would be legal or not?).
This species is monotypic (no subspecies) and its sister-species is South African Shelduck (Tadorne cana) from Southern Africa.
[Species #2 of the Holistic Encyclopedia of Birds project]
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