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Shoveller bird pictures


Shoveller bird picturesSHOVELLER
142. Spatula clypeata. 20 inches.

Easily recognized in. any plumage by the large broad bill, which is out of all proportion to the size of the bird. Head, neck and speculum dark green, under-parts reddish brown, breast and back white, wing coverts blue.

If it were not for the large ungainly bill, this duck would be classed as one of our most beautiful during the breeding season.

Nest. - It makes its nest on the ground in marshy places of grass, weeds and lined with feathers; laying from 6 to 10 grayish white eggs (2.10 x 1.50).

Range. - North America; breeding most abundant on the western coast from southern California to northwest Alaska.