Northern Shoveler (Male)
Northern Shoveler (Female)
Northern Shoveler (Male and female)
Northern Shoveler (Female)
Scientific Name 
Anas clypeata
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
82.0 cm
52.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant and common winter visitor. Often in inland waters and inlets of Kuwait Bay. Up to 160 individuals recorded in early December 1992. Its distinctive broad bill is used to sieve though eutrophic waters.
Where in Kuwait 
More frequently found in inland pools and wetlands, mostly in the Jahra area. The male transforms into eclipse plumage in the summer and superficially resembles the female.
In the world 
A short-necked dabbling duck that is mostly migratory and has a strikingly large and broad bill.
Local threats 
Shooting is a threat for Geese and Ducks during passage migration.