Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Description: The colourful males have a bright green head and belly, rufous sides, a white breast and a black-and-white back. Females are a uniform, mottled brown. Both sexes have wide, flat bills, a green speculum, blue wing patches and orange feet.

Range: Throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They overwinter in South America, southern Eurasia and east Africa.

Habitat: Found in shallow ponds, lakes, marshes and in flooded fields.

General: These birds feed on vegetation and small aquatic insects. They strain their food from the water using the sieve-like inside edge of the bill.


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