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Merlin Bird ID

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    Northern Shoveler Identification

    Adult Description

    • Medium-sized duck.
    • Very long bill, wider at tip than at base.
    • Male with iridescent green head, white chest, and rusty sides.

    Male Description

    Breeding Plumage: Head dark glossy green. Bill black. Back black. Chest white. Flanks and belly chestnut-brown. Eyes yellow.
    Eclipse Plumage: Duller. Head and breast brownish black speckled with whitish or tan. Back black with tan feather edges. Flanks light brown. May show indistinct white crescent on face behind bill. Eyes yellow.

    Female Description

    Grayish-brown overall; some feathers have light edging with darker centers. Bill olive-green with yellowish base and edges. Eyes brown.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult female.
    Relative Size

    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)