Anas clypeata

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Rare and Endangered Animals of Armenia

The Shoveler

File:200px-Shovelerhen05.jpg The Shoveler or Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) is a common and widespread duck which breeds in the northern areas of Europe and Asia and across most of North America.

This dabbling duck is strongly migratory and winters further south than its breeding range. It is not as gregarious as some dabbling ducks outside the breeding season and tends to form only small flocks.

This species is unmistakable in the northern hemisphere due to its large spatulate bill. The breeding male has a green head, white breast and chestnut belly and flanks. In flight, pale blue forewing feathers are revealed, separated from the green speculum by a white border.

The females are light brown, with plumage much like a female Mallard, but their long broad bill easily identifies them. The female's forewing is grey.

In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.

It is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some emergent vegetation, and feeds by dabbling for plant food, often by swinging its bill from side to side and using the bill to strain food from the water. This bird also eats mollusks and insects in the nesting season. The nest is a shallow depression on the ground, lined with plant material and down, usually close to water.

This is a fairly quiet species. The male has a clunking call, whereas the female has a mallard-like quack.

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Animal in Armenia

Լայնաքիթ բադ (“Laynakit bad”)


Disappearing species.

Habitat in Armenia

Was met in all seasons virtually everywhere in Armenia. Nowadays rarely met around Lake Sevan during flight periods.

Number in the wild

60 species met in autumn of 1966 around Lake Lichk. Recently 500 – 1500 species registered during flights.

Reasons for decrease in number

Decrease of Sevan water level and freezing of the Lake during winter.

Number in captivity

No data.

Measures of protection taken

Hunting is forbidden in the territory of Armenia.

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