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Eurasian Spoonbill

(Platalea leucorodia)
Alternate name(s): "(Common) Spoonbill"
Size: 80-90 cm; wing span 1.15-1.3 m
Weight: 1.13-1.95 kg


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

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Race "leucorodia"


Sex unknown


Lateral view of 4 Eurasian Spoonbills (with a few Slender-billed Gulls in the background)
[Qurm, December 2009]

Dorsal view of a Eurasian Spoonbill looking back at the observer
[Qurm, December 2009]

Dorsal view of a Eurasian Spoonbill looking sideways...
[Qurm, December 2009]

...and here looking the other way (click on photo to see a Western Reef Heron for comparison)
[Qurm, December 2009]

Near-dorsal view of a Eurasian Spoonbill in flight
[Qurm, December 2009]

Food, Diet

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

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