10 May, 2011

Red Shoveler

Scientific Name: Anas platalea

Population Estimate: 25K - 1M

Range / Habitat: Inland bogs, marshes and wetlands throughout most of South America.

Field Notes: Large dabbling duck with wide prominent, spatula-like bill of the shovelers. Drab brown head. Cinnamon breast and belly with dark spots. Green speculum.

Personal Notes: Seen at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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