28 August, 2011

Australasian Shoveler

Scientific Name: Anas rhynchotis

Population Estimate: 47K - 210K

Range / Habitat: Found primarily in freshwater lakes in Australia and New Zealand. 

Field Notes: Dabbling duck with heavy spatulate bill. Breeding male as above. Female pale brown all over, streaked and spotted, grey bill. 

Personal Notes: Seen at Gisborne, New Zealand. Maori name is Kuruwhengi.

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