Bird

Shoveler, Argentine Red

RANGE
Southern South America, mainly in Argentina. Some do migrate to southern Brazil in winter.

HABITAT
Shallow lakes and pools, wetlands, with dense reed beds, marshes and lagoons.

SIZE
Length: Approximately 20 inches

REPRODUCTION
Breeding season is from November through December
Males in this species are rarely seen with broods and there is no indication of male brood care.

DIET
Small invertebrates and other small animals, vegetation

BEHAVIOR
Considered a dabbling duck. Can often be seen sifting the surface water and filtering out various small animals and plant food through “lamellae” in the beak. Lamellae are a series of tiny vertical slits between the upper and the lower bills along each side.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Species shows sexual dimorphism.
  • Females are typically dull brown, which aids to camouflage them while nesting.
  • Males generally more colorful and attractive, with reddish-brown mantle over its shoulders which is where the species gets its name. Large black spots also can be seen on the males.
  • Popular species for hunting throughout Argentina.

STATUS
Common