PORT PHILLIP BAY


Australasian Shoveler 

Anas rhynchotis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Genus:
Anas
Species:
rhynchotis

General Description

Body brown, feathers with lighter brown edges. Males with a blue-grey head and a white curved line on the face in front of the eye. Bill black and flat (spatulate). Body up to 52 cm long.

Biology

Australasian Shovelers feed on molluscs, crustaceans and insects by filtering them through tiny ridges (lamellae) inside their bills.

Habitat

Fresh and salt water wetlands.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-western and eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Ducks, geese and swans

Max Size

52 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Australasian Shoveler, Anas rhynchotis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7966

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