Australasian Shoveler (species: Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis) in Murray Valley NP (Gaia Guide)
Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis
Australasian Shoveler

©Michael Hamilton: Australasian Shovelers (Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis variegata)

©Leo: Australasian Shoveler (Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae
Genus Anas
Species Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The male has a blue-grey head with a vertical white crescent in front of the eyes. (Wikipedia)


  • From 46 cm to 53 cm (Length of specimen)
  • From 46 cm to 53 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They occur in southwestern and southeastern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

They live in heavily vegetated swamps. They are rarely seen away from the water because they can't eat grass.  (Wikipedia)


It sieves seeds, small plants, insects etc from the water.

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.