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Tadorninae

Tadorninae

Common Shelduck
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Scientific classification
Domain:Eukaryota
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Subphylum:Vertebrata
Superclass:Gnathostomata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Subfamily
Tadorninae

The Tadorninae is a subfamily of the Anatidae, the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl such as the (geese and swans).

This subfamily includes the shelducks, sheldgeese and steamer-ducks. This group of larger, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl can be seen as intermediate between geese (Anserinae) and ducks.

This group is largely tropical or Southern Hemisphere in distribution, with only one species, the common Shelduck breeding in northern temperate regions.

Most of these species have a distinctive plumage, but there is no pattern as to whether the sexes are alike, even within a single genus . There are 19 surviving species, divided into 7 genera:



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