Shoveler


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Shoveler

 

(Anas clypeata), a bird of the family Anatidae. The body length is about 50 cm. Males weigh about 700 g; the females weigh less. The tip of the bill is very broad (hence the name). The shoveler, which is a migratory bird, is distributed in the temperate climates of Europe and Asia and in western North America. In the USSR is it more common in the forest-steppe and steppe zones and can be found in Transcaucasia and Middle Asia in the winter. During the summer, shovelers gather for molting in the delta of the Volga River and on the lakes of the Transurals Region and Kazakhstan. They prefer shallow tranquil bodies of water and quiet stretches of river. Nests are built on dry land. The clutch contains seven to ten eggs, which are incubated from 22 to 23 days. The diet consists of mollusks, crayfish, and insects. The shoveler is a game bird.

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Estimates of shoveler abundance during December and January indicate the GSL is a notable wintering site with an estimated population of wintering shovelers of up to 200.
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They also include a Liver Bird trail, and a case of birds - from an eagle to a shoveler duck - on which the mythical symbol has been based.
They also include a Liver Bird trail, and a case of birds - froman eagle to a shoveler duck - onwhich themythical symbol has been based.
The Severn Estuary, which closely follows the Dee as the second most important site in Wales, also has internationally important numbers of seven species - mute swan, Bewick's swan, shelduck, pintail, shoveler, ringed plover and dunlin.
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