Alternative name: Australian Shoveler
- Spatula rhynchotis
- Long, spatulate bill
- Blue-grey head, with a vertical white crescent
- Chestnut sides
- Blue forewing
- White underwing shows in flight
- Overall rufous-brown plumage, with darker streaks on upperparts
- Buffish feather edges
Formerly placed in the genus Anas.
Two subspecies are recognized.
- S. r. rhynchotis
- S. r. variegata
A wide variety of wetlands; prefers large permanent lakes or swamp that have abundant shrubbery cover of melaleuca and cumbungi.
Only an infrequent user of mangrove swamps, floodwaters, sewage farms.
The diet includes a wide variety of vegetable matter: herbs, grasses, pondweeds, wigeon grass, eelgrass, and algae.
Seven or eight eggs are laid and incubated for 25-26 days; the young fledge after 40-45 days.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
- Animal Bytes
- Birdforum Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Australasian Shoveler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 24 September 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Australasian_Shoveler
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.