Poultry

Morphology

Classification

Classe
Birds
Family
Poultry
Anas clypeata

The male shoveler is distinguished by its large grey bill that is very broad at its tip. It also has a bottle-green head and yellow irises. Its chest is white, its belly and flanks brown and its back black. The wings are mainly pale blue with an angular green and white patch. In a continuation of the back, the tail is black and white on top, and black underneath. The legs are red/orange. The female has chestnut plumage. The shoveler is slightly smaller than the mallard duck that it slightly resembles in terms of its colouring.
 
It frequents ponds, marshes, the backwaters of streams and rivers. It mostly inhabits fresh and brackish water. It seeks mild marine coasts in winter.
In April or May, the female lays 8 to 12 eggs that are then incubated for 22 to 23 days.