Plate Number: I 96
Anas Americanus lato rostro: The Blue-wing Shoveler
This is somewhat less than a common Duck. The Eyes are yellow; the upper part of the Wing is covered with pale blue Feathers, below which is a Row of white Feathers, and below them a Row of green; the rest of the lower part of the Wing is brown; all the other part of the Body is of a mixed brown, not unlike in colour to the common Wild Duck. This Bird does not altogether agree with that described by Mr. Willoughby, p. 370. But if, as he observes, they change their colours in Winter, it is possible this may be the Bird. However, as their Bills are of the same form, and by which they may be distinguish'd from all others of the Duck kind, I cannot describe it in better Words than the above excellent Author.
I am not certain whether this was a Male or Female.