The Shoveler (Anas clypeata) is a duck that can be found in many parts of the world. It is a medium-sized duck, and males are easily recognizable by their bright green heads and chest. They use their shovel-shaped bill to filter food from the water, and they are known for their graceful swimming style.
Females are brown and white, and they have a more drab appearance. Shovelers can be found in ponds, lakes, and marshes, and they are often seen swimming in pairs or small groups. These ducks are not shy, and they will often approach humans who are near their territory.
The UK is home to more than 20% of the north-western European population.
Shovelers feed by dabbling for plant food, often by swinging their bill from side to side and using the bill to strain food from the water. This is an efficient way to find food, and it allows the Shoveler to eat while swimming. During the mating season, they will eat mollusks and insects.
The Shoveler is a beautiful duck that is fun to watch, and they are a welcome addition to any backyard pond or water feature. If you are lucky enough to have one of these ducks in your area, be sure to take the time to observe them and enjoy their company.
- Length: 44-52cm
- Wingspan: 70-84cm
- Weight: 400-1000g