Northern Shoveler


Hindi name: Khantiyahans

The Northern shoveler is common, widespread duck. It belongs to the family of dabbling ducks which means it feed mainly at the surface rather than by diving. It is strongly migratory bird.

How does the bird appear…

It is unmistakable due to its large spatulate bill it has small, comb-like structures on the edge of the bill that act like sieves

Male- The breeding male has an iridescent dark green head, with white breast , chestnut belly and flanks. Non breeding male resembles female.

Female- The female is a drab mottled brown and has grey forewing. The bill is grey and tinged with orange on cutting edge and lower mandible.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is found near freshwater and saline marshes, industrial cooling ponds, agricultural wastewater ponds, coastal lagoons, estuaries and mangrove swamps.


It feeds on aquatic plants and aquatic invertebrates.

Breeding & Nesting

It nests in grassy areas away from water. Nest is shallow depression in the ground lined by aquatic plants. Nest is built by female.

Interesting fact

Instead of its stout appearance it is a quick flier.


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