Northern Shoveler

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 December 2010
Scientific Name
Anas clypeata
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. clypeata
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
19 inches
30 inches
21 to 22 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 琵嘴鸭
Czech (Cesky) lžičák pestrý
Danish (Dansk) Skeand
Dutch (Nederlands) Slobeend
Finnish (Suomi) lapasorsa
French (Français) Canard souchet
German (Deutsch) Löffelente
Italian (Italiano) Mestolone comune
Japanese (日本語) ハシビロガモ (hashibirogamo)
Korean (한국어) 넓적부리
Norwegian (Norsk) Skjeand
Polish (Polski) płaskonos
Russian (русский язык) Широконоска
Spanish (Español) Cuchara Común
Swedish (Svenska) Skedand
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