AUSTRALIAN SHOVELER
(Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Shelduck   Australian Wood Duck


Australia Zone - Slimbridge
The Australian Shoveler found in the Australia zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)

Australia
Breeding Habitat
South East and South West Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Migration habits unknown.

Conservation Status


Size
460mm to 560mm (18" to 22")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Blue/Grey head with a vertical White crescent in front of its eyes. It has a large Black bill with Chestnut and White flanks, dark and light mottled breast, dark back and rump with Blue/Grey and White wing coverts. The eyes are Yellow and the feet and legs are Orange.

Appearance - Duck
The female has mottled Brown upperparts and Chestnut underparts with a large Grey/Brown bill. The head is a lighter Brown with Brown eyes distinguishing it from the male in eclipse plumage.

Habitat
Wetlands, Swamps, Lakes, Pools, Marshes and Lagoons.

Diet
Insects, Plankton, Weeds, Seeds and Molluscs.

Breeding Time
August to December.

Nest
They nest in ground cover or nest boxes.

Eggs
Quantity: 9 to 11
Colour: Cream.

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
Bronze Winged Duck (Speculanas Specularis)
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AUSTRALIAN SHOVELER
Australian Shelduck   Australian Wood Duck
Australian Shoveler
©Nigel Key Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge April 2011)

The Australian Shoveler, also known as the Blue Winged Shoveler or Southern Shoveler, is a dabbling duck and is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

The Australasian Shoveler has two subspecies, the Australian Shoveler which lives in SouthWestern and SouthEastern Austraila / Tasmania and the New Zealand Shoveler which lives in New Zealand.
   Hear the Australian Shoveler's Call:-


Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge May 2015) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge May 2015) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge May 2015)
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Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge November 2013) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge March 2013) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge July 2013)
23/11/13
16/03/14
22/07/14
Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge April 2013) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge April 2013) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge May 2013)
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25/05/13
Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge September 2012) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge October 2012) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge October 2012)
08/09/12
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Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge March 2011) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge April 2011) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge April 2011)
25/03/11
09/04/11
09/04/11
Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge March 2011) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge March 2011) Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge March 2011)
25/03/11
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/

Shoveler Identification - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/