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Northern Shoveler Identification

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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)