Australasian Shoveler

Australasian Shoveler
Australasian Shoveler
Anas rhynchotis variegata
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. rhynchotis
Binomial name
Anas rhynchotis
Latham 1802
  • A. r. rhynchotis (Latham, 1802)
    (Australian Shoveler)
  • A. r. variegata (Gould, 1856)
    (New Zealand Shoveler)

The Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas. It ranges from 46–53 cm. It lives in heavily vegetated swamps. In Australia it is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. They occur in southwestern and southeastern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand[2].

The male has a blue-grey head with a vertical white crescent in front of the eyes.

The Australasian Shoveler has two subspecies:

  • A. rhynchotis rhynchotis Australian Shoveler, the nominate race, occurs in southwestern and southeastern Australia and Tasmania[2].
  • A. rhynchotis variegata New Zealand Shoveler, occurs in New Zealand[2].

The status of the Australasian Shoveler is Least Concern[1].



  1. ^ a b IUCN (2009)
  2. ^ a b c Clements, J. (2007)


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