Royal Spoonbills

Spoonbills ... Ibises

Royal Spoonbill with its beak open

 

Royal Spoonbill, Platalea regia, also known as the Black-billed SpoonbillThe Royal Spoonbill, Platalea regia, also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill, occurs in intertidal flats and shallows of fresh and saltwater wetlands in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. It has also been recorded as a vagrant in New Caledonia.

 

Description

The Royal Spoonbill is a large white bird with a black, spoon-shaped bill. It is a wading bird and has long legs for walking through water. It eats fish, shellfish, crabs and amphibians, catching its prey by making a side-to-side movement with its bill.

It always flies with its head extended.

 

Breeding

When they are breeding, long white plumes grow from the back of their heads and colored patches appear on the face.

The nest is an open platform of sticks in a tree in which the female lays two or three eggs. The chicks hatch after 21 days.

The birds are highly sensitive to disturbance in the breeding season. In Australia, whole colonies have been known to desert their eggs after a minor upset.

Royal or Black-billed Spoonbills

 

Royal SpoonbillsDiet / Feeding

The Royal Spoonbill is an Australian Bird that lives in wetlands and feeds on crustaceans, fish and small insects.

The Royal Spoonbill feeds by sweeping its bill from side to side.

 

Status

Widespread throughout its large range, the Royal Spoonbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

 

References

  1. BirdLife International (2009) Platalea regia In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org Retrieved on February 7, 2010.
 

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Royal Spoonbill, Platalea regia, also known as the Black-billed SpoonbillRoyal or Black-billed Spoonbill, (Platalea regia) - in breeding plumage

Royal Spoonbill, Platalea regia, also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill

Royal Spoon Bill

Royal Spoonbill, Platalea regia, also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill


 

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