Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Hunting and losses of breeding habitat appear to have led to a decline in the abundance of the northern shoveler. In the early 1990s, hunters in the United States and Canada shot over 150,000 northern shovelers per year.


The northern shoveler breeds mostly in western North America, along the Pacific coastline, with some breeding birds as far east as Lake Superior. In winter, this species is restricted to the southern United States and Mexico.

Breeding occurs in freshwater habitats. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.