Argentine Red Shoveler

Argentine Red Shoveler

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: Argentine red shoveler
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Anseriformes
FAMILY: Anatidae
GENUS SPECIES: Anas (duck) platalea (spoonbill)

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: The Argentine red shoveler is a duck with a spatulate-shaped bill, a green speculum and light blue upper wing converts.
MALE The color tones of males vary from red to paler shades approaching pink.
FEMALE The female has a comparatively large, dark bill.
SIZE: Approximately 45-56 cm (18-22.4 in.)
WEIGHT: Approximately 523-608 g (1.2-1.3 lbs)
DIET: Includes herbs, grasses, pond weeds, wigeon grass, eelgrass, and algae
INCUBATION: Approximately 25-26 days
CLUTCH SIZE 7-8 eggs
FLEDGING DURATION 40-45 days
SEXUAL MATURITY: 1-2 years
LIFE SPAN: Averages 20-30 years
RANGE: Southern half of South America
HABITAT: Found in or near shallow lakes and pools with dense reed beds, marshes and lagoons
POPULATION: GLOBAL Unknown
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Not listed
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

1. Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
2. These ducks sift the surface of the water filtering out small animals and plants through their bill. Lamellae, which are a series of tiny vertical slits, are found along the upper and lower sides of the bill.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

This species is fairly common in its native habitats.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Austin, G. Birds of the World. New York. Golden Press, Inc., 1961.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. UK. Blandford Books Ltd., 1981.

Johnsgard, P. Ducks, Geese, and Swans of the World. Lincoln. Univ. Of Neb. Press, 1978.

Scott, P. A Coloured Key of the Wildfowl of the World. Slimbridge, England. The Wildfowl Trust. 1988.

Todd, F.S. Natural History of Waterfowl. San Diego, Ca. Ibis Publishing Co., 1996.