SHOVELER IDENTIFICATION
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   There are three different species of Shoveler found at WWT Slimbridge: -
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Australian Shoveler (Slimbridge 06/04/13) Northern Shoveler (Slimbridge 06/04/13) Red Shoveler (Slimbridge 24/03/12)
Australian Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Red Shoveler
   To aid identification we shall compare various significant parts of the Shoveler: -
   The Head, Bill and Eyes
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Australian Shoveler Northern Shoveler Red Shoveler
Australian Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Red Shoveler
   The Breast and Body
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Australian Shoveler Northern Shoveler Red Shoveler
Australian Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Red Shoveler
   The Tail
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Australian Shoveler Northern Shoveler Red Shoveler
Australian Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Red Shoveler
   Identification Overview
   Australian Shoveler.
   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.
   Northern Shoveler.
   An iridescent dark Green head, dark Yellow eyes, Black spatula shaped bill, White breast, Chestnut belly
   and flanks. The forewing feathers are pale Blue with a Green speculum and White feathers between the
   two. The legs and feet are Orange.
   Red Shoveler.
   A Cinnamon plumage with dark spots, the head and neck are Grey with Black spots on the crown, the eyes
   are a pale Bluish White and the large spatula shaped bill is Black. The wing has Blue coverts, a Green
   speculum and White underside. The lower back and rump are Black and the tail is Black with White outer
   feathers. The legs and feet are Yellow/Orange.
   Now that we have identified the Shovelers, where can we find them at WWT Slimbridge?
   They can be found in the following zones: -
   Australian Shoveler. - Found in the Australia Zone.
   Northern Shoveler. - Found in the Back from the Brink Zone.
   Red Shoveler. - Found in the South America Zone.
   Did You Know?
     Shovelers use their uniquely shaped bills to filter the water when feeding for crustaceans.
     The female constructs the nest near water in high vegetation.
     The shoveler is a dabbling duck.