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Northern Shoveler

(Spatula [Anas] clypeata)
Alternate name(s): "Northern Shoveller", "Shoveler"
German name(s): "Löffelente"

Size: 44-52 cm; wing span 73-82 cm
Weight: 400-680 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Shoveler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a male Northern Shoveler starting to moult out of breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Fareham, Hampshire, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male Northern Shoveler in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view of a male Northern Shoveler in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, February 2019]

Two male Northern Shovelers in breeding plumage - note that one male's head looks blacker than the other's
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Two male Northern Shovelers in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Two male Northern Shovelers in breeding plumage; here one (the one with the blackish head) is stretching its wings, in the process exhibiting its underwing pattern (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

Comparison of a male Northern Shoveler in breeding plumage with an adult Garganey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, April 2017]

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of a male Northern Shoveler moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Northern Shoveler (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia river, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Female Northern Shoveler taking off, centre, with another female on the right and a male in breeding plumage on the left
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2015]

PAIR

Lateral view of a pair of Northern Shovelers; female on the left, male in breeding plumage on the right
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

Pair of Northern Shovelers landing; male in breeding plumage on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, January 2018]

Lateral view of a group of Northern Shovelers in flight; males in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, November 2019]

Flock of Northern Shovelers in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2015]

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