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Merlin Bird ID

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    Northern Shoveler Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The aptly named Northern Shoveler has a shovel-shaped bill that quickly sets it apart from other dabbling ducks. It is a medium-sized duck that tends to sit with its rear a bit higher out of the water almost like its bill is pulling its front half down.

      Relative Size

      Larger than an American Coot, smaller than a Mallard.

      Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 17.3-20.1 in (44-51 cm)
        • Weight: 14.1-28.9 oz (400-820 g)
        • Wingspan: 27.2-33.1 in (69-84 cm)