Beak of the Week: Northern Shovelers

Male Northern Shoveler

A birding trip is always made worthwhile when spotting a Northern Shoveler! In addition to its unique bill, which is unmistakably named for its spoon-like shape, the males possess a very richly hued, hard-to-miss, elegant plumage. Additionally, the very large range of this bird makes it both fairly accessible and easily identifiable!

Common Name: Northern Shoveler; Shoveler

Latin Name: Anas clypeata

Range:  Summers across most areas of North America and northern regions of Asia and Europe. Winters in parts of southern Europe, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and South America.

Habitat: Freshwater and saline wetlands.

Diet: Mainly aquatic invertebrates. Also eats some seeds.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Shovelers everywhere!

Did you know?

A group of ducks is known as a team, a flush, a brace, a paddling, or a raft of ducks!


Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle




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