Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Spatula
Species: Spatula clypeata


The Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) is one of the dabbling ducks that can be found in Washington state. It is appropriately named for it’s large shovel like bill. They are typically around 19 inches in length and weigh around 1.3 lbs with males being larger than females (Sibley, 2016). Males can be identified by their iridescent head, yellow eye, large black bill, white breast, and red-brown sides. Females have a mottled brown coloration with a large orange bill.

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