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Eurasian Spoonbill

(Platalea leucorodia)
Alternate name(s): "(Common) Spoonbill"
German name(s): "Löffler"

Size: 80-90 cm; wing span 1.15-1.3 m
Weight: 1.13-1.95 kg

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Spoonbill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "leucorodia"

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Lateral view of two Eurasian Spoonbills sifting through shallow water; the bird on the right still has the nuchal plumes of its (worn) breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Lateral to dorsal views of Eurasian Spoonbills in fresh breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2018]

Small flock of Eurasian Spoonbills in breeding plumage with at least one juvenile; on the left, for comparison, a White Stork (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Ventral view of an Eurasian Spoonbill in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

NON-BREEDING

Small flock of Eurasian Spoonbills in non-breeding plumage resting in shallow water together with a family of Black Storks (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2015]

Flock of Eurasian Spoonbills roosting on a sandbank, together with other waders (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2015]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Spoonbill in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2015]

Overwintering flock of Eurasian Spoonbills in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral/ventral view of a juvenile Eurasian Spoonbill in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2013]

Ventral view of an adult, 2nd from top, with three juvenile Eurasian Spoonbills in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2018]

Ventral view of adult (black bills) with juvenile Eurasian Spoonbills (horn-coloured bills) in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2018]

Additional information

We have also taken some photos of Eurasian Spoonbills, race "leucorodia", in Oman.

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr - ? Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 24 - 25 days Fledging age: 45 - 50 days

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Male Eurasian Spoonbills collect the nesting material, while females use it to actually build the nest.

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Sticks, twigs, lined with other plant material Height above ground: 0 - 5 m

Pair of Eurasian Spoonbills in breeding plumage on their nest (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Eurasian Spoonbills nesting in a colonial nesting tree together with other waders; adult in breeding plumage with nestling
(photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Eggs

Size: 72(?) x 48(?) mm Colour: Matt grey, with sparse grey/brown speckles Shape: Long tapered oval

Food, Diet

Eurasian Spoonbills feed on small animals caught in their bill while sifting through shallow water.

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