- Common Name
- Argentine red shoveler
- Genus Species
- Anas (duck) platalea (spoonbill)
- The Argentine red shoveler is a duck with a spatulate-shaped bill, a green speculum and light blue upper wing converts.
The color tones of males vary from red to paler shades approaching pink.
The female has a comparatively large, dark bill.
- Approximately 45 to 56 cm (18 o 22.4 in.)
- Approximately 523 to 608 g (1.2- to .3 lbs.)
- Includes herbs, grasses, pond weeds, wigeon grass, eelgrass, and algae
- Approximately 25 to 26 days
- Clutch Size
- 7 to 8 eggs
- Fledging Duration
- 40 to 45 days
- Sexual Maturity
- 1 to 2 years
- Life Span
- Averages 20 to 30 years
- Southern half of South America
- Found in or near shallow lakes and pools with dense reed beds, marshes and lagoons
- Global: Unknown
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
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.
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.