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Bird name:

Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

SV

BTO 5

SHOVE

Euring 5

01940
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Shoveler is resident in many suitable areas of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because a significant portion of the European population occurs in the UK.

SUMMARY

Overview

Shoveler: Duck with long, broad bill. Dark green-black head, underparts white on breast, chestnut-brown on belly, black on vent. Back dark brown and white. Black rump and black and white tail. Wings white and dark grey with grey-blue shoulder patch and dark green and black secondaries.


Range and Habitat

Shoveler: Resident breeder and winter visitor in the UK & Ireland. Birds can be seen all year. Breeding birds are found across England, central Ireland, and in southern areas of lowland Scotland and Wales. In winter birds move south and are replaced by birds from the continent. Habitat includes marshes and reedbeds.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"hoo", "hoo", "hoo", "took", "took", "took"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Shoveler was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • They are often referred to as the "Spoonbill" or "Spoony" because of their unique spatulate shaped bill, which has about 110 fine projections (called lamellae) along the edges, for straining food from water.
  • Socially, they occasionally work together in groups while feeding, rotating like a pin-wheel, stirring up the surface water and skimming it for food particles.
  • A group of shovelers are known collectively as a "crew" and "graveyard" of shovelers.

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CREDITS

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX