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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Shoveler

 

 

Awaiting image for this species

 

 

Shoveler

(Northern Shoveler)

Anas clypeata

 

  • Shoveler (Northern Shoveler)
  • Anas clypeata
  • UK: AMBER LIST. 1300 pairs in summer. Winter 10,000 birds BTO
  • UK: Migrant Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor
  • WI: Uncommon Migrant Breeder (5-10 breeding records) ,Scarce passage visitor (Very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: Europe, Asia, North America,
  • Winters: Africa, South Asia, South America
  • Surface feeding (dabbling) duck. Huge wide bill. Breeding males: Dark green heads, white breasts, chestnut flanks. Females & non-breeding males are light-brown ducks - but bill gives ID. Female forewing grey.
    Flight: Concorde! & shows light blue & green wing patches
  • Habitat: Shallow lochs, reservoirs, marsh, reedbeds, wet grassland
  • Diet: Omnivorous: Small insects, molluscs, crustaceans, seeds; filters plant matter with bill
  • Listen to a Shoveler RSPB site
  • Similar birds: Mallard, Shelduck, Garganey,

In winter the UK breeding birds head south, and continental birds from further North replace them

 

Shoveler records in the Western Isles

Uncommon Migrant Breeder (5-10 breeding records) ,Scarce passage visitor (Very small numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Shoveler is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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