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Male and Female
Photo © by Luis R
Santo Domingo. Region Valparaiso. Chile, August 2015
Spatula platalea


45–56 cm (17¾-22 in); A large bill

  • Cinnamon overall plumage
  • Spots on the breast and flanks
  • Plain greyish-brown head and neck
  • White eye


  • Brownish-grey
  • Plain face
  • Dark eye


Photo © by Luis R
Batuco Wetland. Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, August 2018

South America: found in Argentina and Chile but migrates to Peru and Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in the genus Anas.


Wetlands, lakes, lagoons and estuaries. They have a preference for brackish water.



Their diet consists of seeds and aquatic plants and invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  3. Arthur Grosset

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