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    Northern Shoveler

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    Northern Shoveler

    Spatula clypeata
    • ORDER: Anseriformes
    • FAMILY: Anatidae
    Basic Description

    Perhaps the most outwardly distinctive of the dabbling ducks, the Northern Shoveler inhabits wetlands across much of North America. Its elongated, spoon-shaped bill has comblike projections along its edges, which filter out food from the water.

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    Other Names
    • Cuchara Común (Spanish)
    • Canard souchet (French)
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