French: Canard souchet German: Löffelente Spanish: Cuchara común
coasts of Europe
Breeds in most of Nearctic and Palearctic (except High Arctic), mainly at 40–60° N. Winters S to N South America, Africa and S & SE Asia, generally at 20–40° N.
43–56 cm; 410–1100 g (but male mostly 500–800 g and female 470–750 g); wingspan 70–85 cm. Large, distinctively-shaped bill is diagnostic over... read more
Generally rather silent, but in display male utters repeated, hollow “took-a”, a louder nasal... read more
Wide variety of shallow, freshwater wetlands, preferably well-vegetated lakes and marshes with... read more
Food and feeding
Varied diet, mostly small-sized aquatic invertebrates (insects and their larvae, molluscs, crustaceans); also seeds and plant remains.... read more
Starts Apr/May, e.g. early to mid May in N Russia, but eggs from early–mid Apr in NW & C Europe and seen with young as early as... read more
Highly migratory, flying S to winter at lower latitudes in S USA, Middle America and N South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread and locally abundant. North American population was estimated at 3,300,000 birds after breeding, in the mid 1970s,... read more
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