Northern Shoveler

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.

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

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: Very rare migrant.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Most recent sighting was at Sungei Buloh Mainhide on 27 Dec 2008. Previous sightings were at Serangoon Estuary (present day Lorong Halus) in 1983, 1993, 1999 & 2000, Poyan Reservoir in 1988 and Sungei Buloh in 1997.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

References:
BirdLife International. (2019). Spatula clypeata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.