Scientific Name: Spatula clypeata
Malay Name: Itik-Sudu Utara
Chinese Name: 琵嘴鸭
Alternative Name(s): Shoveller, Common Shoveller, Red Shoveller
Range: Found from Europe to North Africa, temperate Asia and North America, wintering to Equatorial Africa, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Korea, Japan, mainland Southeast Asia, Philippines, Central and South America.
Size: 43-52 cm
Identification: Male has long, wide, spatula-shaped bill, dark green head and upper neck, white breast, chestnut flanks and black tail-coverts. Female and juvenile can be easily distinguished from other duck species from the distinctive bill shape.
Habitat: Lakes, rivers, marshes and various wetland habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds in very shallow water, using its bill to sift through the mud for minute aquatic animals, plants and seeds.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
- Bird List Revision for August 2017 (Revisions)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2019). Spatula clypeata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22680247A153875944.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Northern Shoveler. Retrieved on November 26, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/northern-shoveler.