Red Shoveler

The Red Shoveler (Anas platalea), is a species of dabbling duck found in southern South America, mainly in Argentina. It migrates to Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil in winter. It is a rare vagrant to the Falkland Islands. Its habitat is shallow lakes and pools with dense reed beds, marshes and lagoons.

Adults are 18 to 22.5 inches long and weigh 19.2 to 20.8 ounces. Its diet includes herbs, grasses, pond weeds, eelgrass and algae. It has a life span of 20 – 30 years.

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