South-eastern Europe, east through southern and central Asia, Mongolia, and western China. Also found is northwest Africa and Ethiopia.
Wetlands, rivers, mud flats, shingle banks, lakes, and reservoirs.
Omnivorous; aquatic and terrestrial vegetation, insects, fish, frogs, and worms.
Extinct in the Wild
These ducks spend most of theur time on water. Although they are capable and fast fliers, they tend to swim and dive rather than fly to escape predators.
In Tibet and Mongolia,Ruddy shelduck is considered sacred by the Buddhists. It is also a sacred animal in Slavic mythology.