Australasian Shoveler

Australasian Shovelers (Anas rhynchotis)

The Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) is dabbling duck found in heavily vegetated swamps in southwestern and southeastern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

This endangered species is protected in Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, of 1974.

Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis)
Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis)


The Australasian Shovers measures from 46–53 cm in length. The male can be identified by his blue-grey head with a vertical white crescent in front of the eyes.

Two Subspecies of Australasian Shovelers are recognized:

Australian Shovelers Anas rhynchotis rhynchotis – the nominate race – Found in southwestern and southeastern Australia and Tasmania.

New Zealand Shoveler,Anas rhynchotis variegata – Found in New Zealand.


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