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Spoonbill, African
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Platalea alba
Africa, Angola, Asia, Botswana, Burundi, Central Africa, East Africa, Eastern Cape Province, Free State Province, Gauteng Province, Global, Horn of Africa, Ilkeliani, Indian Ocean Islands, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Lesotho, Limpopo Province, Madagascar, Malawi, Middle East, Mozambique, Mpumalanga Province, Namibia, Nigeria, North Africa, North West Province, Northern Cape Province, Rwanda, South Africa Read more
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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or ...
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The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is a long-legged wading bird[ 2] of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. The species is widespread across Africa and Madagascar, including Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.[ 2] It lives in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nests in colonies in trees or reedbeds. They usually don't share colonies with storks or herons. The African Spoonbill feeds in shallow water, and fishes for various fish,[ 2] molluscs,[ 2] amphibians, crustaceans,[ 2] insects[ 2] and larvae.[ 2] The animal uses its open bill to catch foods by swinging it from side-to-side in the water, which catches foods in its mouth.[ 2] Long legs and thin, pointed toes enable it to walk easily through varying depths of water.[ 3] ...
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