Sunday, 15 May 2011

Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian Spoonbill

The Eurasian Spoonbill or Common Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) is unmistakable due to its long and flattened bill which expands into a flat spoon at the tip.

Eurasian Spoonbill

It is a pure white bird with a patch of cinnamon in adult birds on their lower fore neck. The bill is blackish in colour.

Eurasian Spoonbill

The bird is generally found in flocks about water, often resting and preening by day, idly dozing in the sunlight. When dusk falls, they fly to their feeding grounds in shallow water, travelling in single file in a regular manner with legs and necks outstretched.

Eurasian Spoonbill

The Spoonbill feeds by wading quickly through water with its beak half immersed, turning from side to side with regular sweeping actions like a scythe. The food consists mainly of vegetable matter but it has been known to include aquatic insects frogs, molluscs and small fish.

Eurasian Spoonbill

The Spoonbill nests in colonies, often of considerable size, built in large trees. The nests are large and built of sticks and can be repaired and used year after year. Four to five eggs are laid.

Eurasian Spoonbill

It is usually a very silent bird. The only call is a low grunting note, inaudible except at close
quarters.