SHOVELER (Anas clypeZta). The bill of the shoveler is black, three inches in length, and remarkably broad at the end; furnished with a small hook, and the edges of the larger quill feathers dusky, the middle a glossy green ; the tail consists of fourteen feathers; the outside white; those in the middle black, edged with white ; the vent feathers black; the belly of a very light orange colour ; the legs red. The wings of the female are similarly marked with those of the male, but possessing less brilliancy. The rest of the plumage resembles that of the common wild duck. The shoveller is sometimes, though not very commonly, met with in England. It is found in most parts of Germany, and throughout the Russian dominions, and in North America, in ISew York and Carolina, during winter.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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