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.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015 Ipswich MA United States
Friday, March 10, 2017 107€“353 Harbor Rd Wells ME United States
Thursday, February 22, 2018 18755 W Bernardo Dr San Diego CA United States
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