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African spoonbill

African spoonbill

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Scientific Name:

Platalea alba


Distribution

Senegal to Ethiopia, down to SE Africa and Madagascar.


Diet:

Carnivore. Small fish, aquatic invertebrates, frogs.


Facts

Habitat: Lakes, marshes and other shallow waters.


Incubation: 25-29 days / 2-3 eggs


Social structure: 1-30 birds, during breeding period 5 -250 pairs.


Weight: 1790gr


Dimensions: 91cm


Lifespan: 17 max under human care


Estimated population in the wild: 7,300-73,000


Threats: drainage of wetlands, destruction of breeding colonies.


IUCN Status: Least concern


Did you know that:
Their unique "spoon shaped" beak is used to locate prey in water with low visibility. They open their bill in the water and sweep it back and forth, snapping at any prey that comes into contact with.




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