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About the Northern Shoveler

Also known as: Broad-nosed Duck, Common Shoveler, European Shoveler, European Shoveller, Northern Shoveller, Shoveler, Shoveller, Spoonbill Duck

The Northern Shoveler is a species of duck that lives across large parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Male Northern Shovelers have green heads, chestnut underparts and white breasts during breeding season. Females and non-breeding males are similar: dull mottled brown all over. Both sexes have spatula-like wide bills.

Northern Shovelers are dabbling ducks, foraging for plant material by swimming with their bill lowered into the water. During breeding season they will supplement their diets with animal matter such as insects, small crustaceans, and mollusks.

Northern Shovelers are highly migratory, leaving their breeding grounds for warmer climates in the winter. Though the population trend for this species is decreasing, their very large range means their current conservation status is Least Concern as of November 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 December 2010
Scientific Name Anas clypeata
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. clypeata
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
19 inches
30 inches
21 to 22 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 琵嘴鸭 (Chinese)
  • lžičák pestrý (Czech)
  • Skeand (Danish)
  • Slobeend (Dutch)
  • lapasorsa (Finnish)
  • Canard souchet (French)
  • Löffelente (German)
  • Mestolone comune (Italian)
  • ハシビロガモ (hashibirogamo) (Japanese)
  • 넓적부리 (Korean)
  • Skjeand (Norwegian)
  • płaskonos (Polish)
  • Широконоска (Russian)
  • Cuchara Común (Spanish)
  • Skedand (Swedish)

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Fun facts about the Northern Shoveler

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