Red Shoveler

Red Shoveler

Red Shoveler
Spatula platalea


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Southern half of South America


Habitat

Shallow lakes and pools with dense reed beds, marshes and lagoons


Diet

Herbs, grasses, pond weeds, wigeon grass, eelgrass, and algae

Weight

1 - 1.5 lbs.

Size

18 - 22.4 in.

Wingspan

26 - 29 in.

Incubation

About 25 days

Clutch

5 - 8 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They are usually found in pairs or small groups.
  • These ducks sift the surface of the water filtering out small animals and plants through their bill.
  • Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
  • They build their nest on the ground, and 5 to 8 eggs are laid.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
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