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Northern Shoveler

Spatula clypeata

Unlike the rest of the dabbling ducks, the Northern Shoveler is more of a surface feeder, Their large odd-shaped bill has over a hundred fine projections called lamellae along the edges, for filtering tiny crustaceans, other aquatic invertebrates, and seeds from the shallow waterways where they like to feed.

These birds are not only North American but are found across Europe and Asia as well.

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