Population information

Order name Anseriformes
Family name Anatidae
Scientific name Spatula rhynchotis Common name Australian Shoveler
Population name rhynchotis, SW Australia
Breeding range SW Australia Non-breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Oceania
Notes In WPE2 this population belonged to one single population (A.r.rhynchotis, Australia).

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
No conservation frameworks

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 0 0 -1 -1
WPE 4 2003 2003 12,000 12,000 [S5249] [R341]
WPE 5 1990 2008 1 25,000 Best guess [S8022] [R287] [R341] [R1101] [R1145]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 0 0 Unknown
WPE 4 0 0 Unknown
WPE 5 1995 2011 DEC? No idea [T6029] [R1101] [R1044]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 3 0 -1
WPE 4 2006 120
WPE 5 2012 250


  • R341 - Jaensch, Roger, August 2005. Detailed data and notes on numbers and distribution of waterbirds in Australia, updated from Jaensch, 2003, and derived from more than 90 Australian sources including Wetlands International, Birds Australia and Jaensch, 2003,
  • R287 - Halse, S.A., Vervest, R.M., Munro, D.R., Pearson, G.B. and Yung, F.H., 1992. Annual waterfowl counts in south-western Australia - 1989/90. Technical Report 29, Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management.
  • R1101 - Jaensch, R. April 2012. Detailed data and notes on numbers and trends of waterbirds in Australia and other parts of the Oceania region, in a spreadsheet prepared for Wetlands International - Oceania for the 5th edition of WPE.
  • R1145 - Pinder, A. In litt. 4 April 2012a (waterbird monitoring database for Lake Warden and Lake Gore systems, 2006-2012, Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australia).
  • R1044 - Clarke, A.G., Lane, J.A.K. and Jaensch, R.P. 2011. Surveys of waterbirds in selected wetlands of south-western Australia in spring-summer 2009-10, with further assessment of changes in habitat and waterbird usage over 2-3 decades. Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. 101pp.


  • S5249 - Separation of SE and SW populations is not confirmed.
  • S8022 - Estimate recognises inadequacy of data for assessing the past decade and encompasses peak numbers from 1980s-1990s moderated by likely subsequent decline due to changes to habitat.
  • T6029 - Likely declines since 1990's due to changes to habitat.

Copyright Wetlands International 2012

Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on