Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler
(Spatula clypeata)

Order:  Anseriformes
Family:  Anatidae

Male Northern Shoveler
Photo by A. Trepte [CC BY-SA 2.5], via WC

Northern Shoveler Information

Length:  17 - 20"

Habitat:  Shallow edges of lakes and ponds, shallow marshes, sloughs.

Prefers habitat near dry grassy areas for nesting.

In winter, also coastal bays, tidal estuaries,
brackish lagoons.

Diet:  Aquatic vegetation such as pondweeds, sedges, grasses, and water lilies. Tiny crustaceans, mollusks, algae, insects.

  Calls of male and female Northern Shoveler

  Identification tips for the Northern Shoveler

Additional Information

Northern Shoveler
Distribution, taxonomy, description, behavior, habitat and range, reproduction, and conservation status. Includes photos and range map.(From Wikipedia)

Northern Shoveler
Photos of both the male and female of this species (By Peter LaTourrette)

Female Northern Shoveler

Female Northern Shoveler

By D. Daniels [CC BY-SA 3.0], via WC

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Northern Shoveler Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

In New England, the Northern Shoveler is a very rare and local breeder. It is mainly seen during migration.

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS