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Cape Shoveler

Afrikaans name: Kaapse Slopeend

Cape Shoveller

Cape Shoveler

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Anas smithii

The Cape Shoveler has had a slight change in the spelling of its name. It used to be the Cape Shoveller.

It is found in many parts of South Africa and it is also found in our northern neighbours.

The distinguishing feature of this duck is the shovel (spatular) shaped bill. Male and female are fairly similar but the female has a darker head and eye.

The Cape Shoveler is found in wetlands and dams. It prefers marshy areas. Their main food is plant material but they do eat some insects as well.

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References

List of South African Birds

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 37

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 42

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 92

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 78

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