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Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)


The Northern Shoveler has a length of 51 cm and can weigh between 500-700 g. Northern Shovelers’ have a distinctive shovel-like bill, which is where the name originated from. Males have a chestnut colour on their sides, white on their breast and shoulders, and black on their back. Females have a pale blue-grey bar on its inner wing, and a pattern of light brown across their body. Like a mallard in appearance, but the shovel bill helps distinguish them apart. The bill has comb-like structures that acts as sieves to allow Northern Shovelers’ to skim crustaceans and plankton from the water’s surface.


The Northern Shoveler live in wet, marshy meadows in the summer, then inhabits open marshes that are mostly freshwater in the winter.


The Northern Shoveler use their specialised bill to sieve tiny seeds and animals from the water.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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