Seeds of sedges, bulrushes, saw grass, smartweeds, pondweeds, algae and duckweeds, as well as aquatic insects, mollusks and crustaceans
14.1 - 28.9 oz.
17.3 - 20.1 in.
8 – 12 eggs
Male northern shovelers have an iridescent green head and neck, white chest and breast and chestnut belly and sides.
Female northern shovelers have a light brownish head with a blackish crown and a brownish speckled body.
These filter feeders use their special bill as they search for food just above the bottom of a pond or lake. They squirt the mud and excess water out of the sides of their bills and swallow the edible food that's left.
At hatching, the bill is not shaped as a spoon or spatula. As the young ducklings grow and mature their bill will take the characteristic adult shape.
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