|Northern Shoveler. Lindo Lake, California. February 9, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
Another major difference is the yellow bill of the drake Mallard compared to the black bill of the drake Northern Shoveler. Hunters observing the wide, flat bill call this duck a "spoonbill," but since it eats crustaceans and soft plant material from muddy pond bottoms, they evidently taste like mud, and they aren't sought after for table fare like Mallards.