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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Threskiornithidae
Genus:Platalea
Genus species:Platalea leucorodia

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:80-90 cm
Identification:The white spoonbill has white plumage and a tawny-yellow breast in its breeding season. It has a black colored bill that is tipped with yellow. The bill is flattened and spoon-shaped, hence its name. There is a naked space on the neck and a crest of feathers that come off the back of the head. Its feet are black.
Habitat:Lakes, coastal lagoons, tidal mudflats, mangroves, coral reefs
Diet:Omnivore: tadpoles, frogs, mollusks, insects, vegetable matter
Reproduction:The start of breeding is dependent on monsoon conditions that year, usually sometime between July and November. Nests are built in bushes or low trees. A typical clutch has four eggs and they typically hatch in 24-25 days.
Feeding is done in flocks.
Behavior:White spoonbills feed by wading into shallow water and swinging their partially open bills back and forth under water.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The white spoonbill is one of the very few birds that have been found to possess no true muscles of the organ of voice; no modulation of a single tone appears to be possessed by the bird.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Africa
Southwestern Europe
Middle East
Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:long-legged wading bird
European spoonbill
White spoonbill
Eurasian spoonbill
Platalea
Spoonbills
Threskiornithidae
Ciconiiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata