Northern Shoveler

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Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

IDAPA Classification: Game Bird Migratory
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Health Issues Which May Affect This Animal

What Causes This Disease?

Sarcocystis is caused by the cyst stage of a protozoan parasite, Sarcocystis spp.

Where Is The Disease Found?

Sarcocystosis occurs in many species of ducks throughout the United States. The parasite has been documented in many species of waterfowl in Idaho.

Signs of Disease

Waterfowl and carnivore hosts that are infected with sarcocysts usually appear healthy. When butchering infected ducks, cysts may be observed in the breast muscle. The cysts look like grains of rice or whitish streaks running in the direction of the muscle fibers.

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