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Asia, Australasia, Australia, East Timor, Global, Indonesia, Melanesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands Read less
Asia, Australasia, Australia, East Timor, Global, Indonesia, Melanesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands Read more
This species has a very 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 severe ...
The renowned ornithologist John Gould first described the Royal Spoonbill in 1838, naming it Platalea regia and noting its similarity to the Eurasian Spoonbill (P. leucorodia).[ 2] A 2010 study of mitochondrial DNA of the spoonbills by Chesser and colleagues found that the Royal and Black-faced Spoonbills were each other's closest relatives.[ 3] ...