Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Shoveller, any bird of the genus Spatula, of the Duck family, with five specles from all tenperate regions. The hind-toe is free, and the bill greatly expanded at the tip. The Common Shoveller (S. clypeata) visits Britain in the winter. The plumage of the male is boldly marked with white, that of his mate is uniform liver-brown.