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Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata

Dabbling Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 36 cm Wingspan: 79 cm

Description: One look at the unusually shaped beak, and you will not forget this common duck. Like the mallard, the shoveler has a green head, but the beak is black, and wider near the tip than at the base. The front is white, the sides chestnut, and the back black with a distinctive white streak. The speculum is green with a bluish forewing. They feed by using their unusual beak as a skimmer, running it along the surface of the water to filter out insects and seeds. They normally do not nest in the Rockies.

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