Northern Shoveller / Pato cuchara
Maximum size: 50 cm
They live in wetlands, marshes, lagoons,
dams, deltas. They can be
seen in couples incessantly submerging
their shovel-like, large beaks to
There are great dimorphisms between the
males (very attractive bluish
black heads and orange-coloured plumage)
and the females, (brown coloured
plumage and dun beaks).
They reach the south of the Iberian
Peninsula at the beginning of winter,
escaping the cold temperatures in the
north of Europe.
They are very abundant in Doñana from the
beginning of autumn
to the spring. They can be seen in
all the wetlands.
They are included in the National List of