Northern Shoveler

(Anas clypeata)

Conservation Status
Northern Shoveler
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

18 to 20 in length

30 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Shallow marshes, bogs, and lakes with muddy bottoms

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early March to mid-May and August to early December

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Spatula (shovelers and allies)  
       
 

This species was originally placed in the genus Anas. A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2009 showed that the genus contained members with different evolutionary ancestors – it was polyphyletic. The genus was split into four new genera. This species and nine others were placed in the resurrected genus Spatula.

 
       
 

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  Northern Shoveler    
       
Lynn Rubey
       

A Northern Shoveler flying low over the marsh In The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge along a gated service road.

  Northern Shoveler    
       

An adult male Northern Shoveler on driftwood along the banks of The Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

  Northern Shoveler    
       

Female Northern Shoiveler floating on the Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

  Northern Shoveler    
       

A female and Male Northern Shoveler paddling down the Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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Bill Reynolds
       
  Northern Shoveler    
       
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Other Videos
 
  Burnaby Lake female Shoveler
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011

female Northern Shoveler seen at Piper Spit, Burnaby Lake, BC

( Anas clypeata )

   
       
  SKEDAND Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) Klipp - 1185
AROSFILM
 
   
 
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Published on May 29, 2013

Skedand. Asköviken Västerås i Västmanland 15-Maj 2013, Northern Shoveler in Sweden, AROS FILM Fotograf: Gunnar Fernqvist.

   
       
  Northern Shoveler Duck (UK Lake Birds)
MrXanaduBirds
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 28, 2013

No description available.

   
       
  Northern Shoveler pair swirling
Timothy Ng
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 26, 2011

The behavior of swirling, gathering plankton or seeds from water surface by straining with bill. 11/26/2011 (Sat) morning at East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, NYC.

   
       
  Male Northern Shoveler
Claire Herzog
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 18, 2014

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Margot Avey
8/20/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Northern Shoveler


Lynn Rubey
8/13/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Northern Shoveler flying low over the marsh In The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge along a gated service road.

Northern Shoveler


Lynn Rubey
6/22/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An adult male Northern Shoveler on driftwood along the banks of The Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

Northern Shoveler


Lynn Rubey
5/20/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A female and Male Northern Shoveler paddling down the Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

Northern Shoveler


Bill Reynolds
6/15/2008

Location: Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Shoveler


     
     
 
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