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Northern Shoveler

Spatula clypeata


Paul Driver, xeno-canto


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

Habitat: Wetlands

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

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