Alaska to northeast and eastern United States around Great Lakes area.
Freshwater marshes, prairie sloughs and muddy creeks.
Flat head with long spatulate bill, and large pale blue wing patch. Sometimes mistaken for a mallard duck. Black head glossed with green, white breast, reddish belly and sides. Orange colored legs. Bill is rimmed with fine, comb-like fibers, which the shoveler uses to sift its food from the water.
Rises quickly from water but is not shy and shows tendency to return to spot from which was flushed. An active flier that often flies in small flocks. During mating season, usually seen in pairs with a female leading 2 males. Generally silent most of the year with exception to mating season.
10 - 12 olive buff to green-grey eggs are laid. Female incubates the eggs for 22 - 24 days. Young first fly 39 - 49 days after hatching