036 Northern Shoveler

The Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), also known simply as the Shoveller, is about 48 cm long common duck. The male has opalescent deep green head, white breast, chestnut belly and flanks, long broad grey bill, and orange legs. The female is somber mottled brown bird. In summer, Shovellers are found breeding across most of northern Europe, Asia, and America. In winter, they migrate to southern Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Central and northern South America, and northern Africa. They nest away from water in grassy areas. They feed on aquatic plants and invertebrates, usually by swinging their broad bill from side to side and straining the food from water.