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Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Description:

The very large, spatulate bill is the most distinguishing feature of the aptly named Northern Shoveler. The male in breeding plumage has bright wings, a bright iridescent-green head with a yellow eye, bold white breast, and chestnut sides. Females, juveniles, and males in eclipse plumage (from May through August) are mottled brown with orange legs and a green-black iridescent speculum with a blue patch on the forewing.

Habitat:

Wetlands

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James McNair
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James McNair

Titusville, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 6, 2015
Submitted on Mar 13, 2015

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