Red shoveler

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Red shoveler
Anas platalea -WWT Slimbridge -England-8.jpg
Male at WWT Slimbridge, England
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. platalea
Binomial name
Anas platalea
Vieillot, 1816
A red shoveler resting at the Bird Park Weltvogelpark Walsrode

The red shoveler or red shoveller (Anas platalea) is a species of dabbling duck of the genus Anas. It is found in southern South America, in Argentina, southern Peru, southern Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, southern Brazil, and Chile.[2] In winter the southernmost birds migrate north to Brazil and Peru.

The red shoveler is cinnamon in color with dark spots, and a green speculum. The head and neck are grayish. They have a large dark spatula shaped bill.

Their status is on the IUCN Red List is least concern.[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Anas platalea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Clements, J. (2007)