The Shelduck is a large-sized species of duck that can be easily identified due to it's distinctive appearance. Their bodies are mainly white in colour with an orange chest band and black wings and although their heads do look black, they are in fact green in colour.
One of the most distinctive features of the Shelduck are their pinkish coloured legs, but it is their bills that make them incredibly easy to identify due to their bright red colouration. The bill of the male Shelduck also a bump at the base making it easier than numerous other water bird species to distinguish between the sexes.
For those people who really care about the affect that the palm oil industry is having on some of the world's rarest and most unique species, it can be hard to know where to begin with this incredibly complicated situation. And to make matters worse, the more you look into it, the more complicated it continues to get.
Palm oil is now found in numerous household products but it is often very hard to tell what contains it as companies are permitted to mask their use of palm oil by simply stating that there is "vegetable oil" in the ingredients.
Grey Squirrels were first introduced to the UK in the 19th century from North America and have since thrived in British woodlands, making them our most common species of squirrel today. Unlike Red Squirrels, Grey Squirrels are much larger in size and never have tufts on the tips of their ears.
It is widely assumed by people (and indeed we at A-Z Animals have been asked the question many times) that Grey Squirrels hibernate during the winter months. In fact, they are one of our smaller mammal species that does not, but they have instead adopted a number of techniques that help them to survive through the colder periods.