French: Canard de Smith German: Kaplöffelente Spanish: Cuchara de El Cabo
Spatula smithii (nec capensis Eyton, 1838)
E. J. O. Hartert
Cape Province, South Africa
South Africa N to SW Angola and SW Zimbabwe.
51–53 cm; male 522–830 g, female 476–691 g. Unlikely to be confused in range due to distinctive bill shape, although beware possibility that S. clypeata... read more
Male utters loud “rrar” in non-breeding season and faster, machine-gun-like “rararararara” in... read more
Favours relatively large, open bodies of fresh or brackish (occasionally saline) waters (including... read more
Food and feeding
Small aquatic invertebrates (insects, molluscs, crustaceans), and some amphibians (mainly Xenopus tadpoles); also seeds (e.g. of... read more
Season variable, according to locality and water levels (i.e. rainfall dependent), with nests recorded in all months, e.g. in Transvaal... read more
Mostly sedentary, but somewhat dispersive within its range as availability of suitable habitat... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread and locally abundant; probably maintains quite stable numbers, estimated at 20,000–50,000 birds in late 1990s... read more
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