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It’s always a pleasure to see a Shoveler, one species of duck that’s easy to identify because of its massive beak. This distinctive appendage is perfectly designed for sieving through water to find the tiny invertebrates and plant life that make up this bird’s balanced diet. Its scientific name is Anas clypeata, anas being the Latin for duck and clypeata, from the Latin clypeus for shield, here meaning shield-bearing, a reference to that massive shield-like bill.

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