New Zealand Shoveler

Maori Name: Kuruwhengi

Scientific Name: Anas rhynchotis

Shovelers are specialist filter-feeding waterfowl with a large shovel-shaped bill, almost twice as broad at its tip than at its base.

Fine lamellae run along most of the edge of the upper mandible and it is by pushing water through this lamellae curtain that small plankton and fine seeds are extracted.

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New Zealand Shoveler