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Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata)

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Description

Males have an iridescent green head and neck, white chest and breast, and chestnut belly and sides. They have a white stripe extending from the breast along the margin of the gray-brown back, and white flank spots. The wings have a gray-blue shoulder patch separated from a brilliant green speculum by a tapered white stripe. Females have a light brownish head with a blackish crown, and a brownish speckled body. The upper wing coverts are grayish-blue, the greater secondary coverts are tipped with white, and the secondaries are brown with a slight greenish sheen. Perhaps the most visible diagnostic characteristic of the northern shoveler is its large, spoonshaped bill, which widens towards the tip and creates a shape unique among waterfowl.

Average length: M 19?", F 19"

Average weight: M 1.5 lbs., F 1.4 lbs.


Migrating and Wintering

Northern shovelers fly from the prairie pothole region through the Pacific or Central Flyway, with major stopover areas in the Great Salt Lake, Malheur Basin, and Carson Sink. They winter in California, coastal Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico, and the north and central highlands of Mexico. Wintering habitat includes fresh and brackish coastal marshes, and still-water ponds. Saltwater wetlands are generally avoided.

Breeding

Northern shovelers breed in the parklands, short- and mixed- grass prairies of Canada, and the grasslands of northcentral US. The prefer shallow marshes that are mud-bottomed and rich in invertebrate life. Nest sites are generally located in grassy areas without any woody cover and away from open water.

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