French: Canard spatule German: Fuchslöffelente Spanish: Cuchara argentino
S South America from Tierra del Fuego N to C Chile, most of Argentina, Bolivia, S Peru, Uruguay and S Brazil.
45–56 cm; c. 467–686 g. Breeding male has pale buff head stippled black over head, especially crown, with near-white chin and throat, body rufescent cinnamon with... read more
Few data for wild birds and only rather quiet calls noted; male gives low rattle or sputtering... read more
Large coastal lagoons, lakes and estuaries of fresh or, preferably, brackish waters, especially... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and other parts of aquatic plants and aquatic invertebrates mainly of planktonic size (e.g. worms, insects, larvae, molluscs and tiny... read more
Starts Sept/Oct; laying dates 15 Sept–30 Oct in C Chile. Fairly gregarious during breeding season, but no information on breeding... read more
Partially migratory; southernmost breeding birds disperse northwards to winter as far N as S Peru,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common and widespread, with overall population estimate in early 2000s of 100,000–1,000,000 birds. Large numbers stage... read more
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