The northern shoveler is omnivore, feeding as much on seeds and lentil as on mollusks, insects, small fish and plankton.
Up to 20 years in the wild.
In April or May, the female lays between 8 and 12 eggs and incubates them for 21 to 25 days, unassisted by the male. The ducklings take their maiden flight at around 8 weeks of age.
Its main predators are the seagull, the crow, the skunk and the raccoon.