302. Spatula clypeata

302. Spatula clypeata.

THE SHOVELLER.

Clypeata=armed with a shield, clypeus or clipeus ; from its white shield-like gorget. Tidari, Punana, N. W. P; Alipat, Sind; Kanak-aurdak, Tarkand.

Male 19" to 22". Female 18" to 19". Legs orange. Bill brownish. Head, back, rump, upper and lower tail brown, glossed green. Scapulars black, with broad white stripe along the middle. Lesser coverts grey. Speculum bright green. Upper breast white, lower breast and abdomen chestnut. Male assumes plumage of female in summer.— Female: Dark brown, edged whitish. Northern Hemisphere between lat. 10° and lat. 68° N. A winter visitor to India, Ceylon, and Burma. Seven to nine eggs (2.0 x 1.5), greenish buff. On 4.11.75, the Mohanas in Sind had their fowling nets all ready, but said that the Ducks would not arrive in any number till the next full moon (November 13th). (J. 957. B. 1602.)

Also S. rhynchotis. 22". Legs yellow. Bill purplish. Head and neck bluish grey. Crown, base of bill, and chin black. White band between base of bill and eye, extending to the throat. Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

S. platalea. 20". Legs yellow. Bill blackish. General plumage reddish, spotted black. S. America.

S. capensis. 20" to 21". Legs yellow. Bill red-brown. Mantle and above brown, with narrow wave lines. Below grey-brown, thickly mottled. Speculum dark green. Scapulars dark blue, with no white on central parts. S. Africa.

Also the genus Malacorhynchus. With spatulate bill and a soft membrane on the sides near the tip. One species.

M. membranaceus. 17". Legs brownish green. Bill greyish blue. Crown brown. Sides of head and chin white. Brown eye-patch, with an oblong mark of rose-pink behind it. Australia and Tasmania.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
302. Spatula clypeata
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
302
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
265
Common name: 
Shoveller
M_ID: 
455
M_CN: 
Northern Shoveler
M_SN: 
Anas clypeata
Volume: 
4th ed.
Term name: 
id: 
13165

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