Key information: The Northern Shoveler is a medium-size duck. It has a short neck, yellow eyes and an impressive long and wide bill that looks like a spatula. The male has an iridescent dark green colour on the head. Northern Shovelers come to Cyprus to spend the winter, where they congregate in their hundreds at the island’s wetlands. They can also be seen during spring migration.
Length: 44 – 52 cm
When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring
What they eat: Seeds, insects
In Cyprus: Can be seen at natural wetlands, but also man-made ones, such as dams and sewage works
Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis