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Eurasian Spoonbill

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Breeding plumagePhoto by John George RichardsonEastbridge, Suffolk, March 2013
Breeding plumage
Photo by John George Richardson
Eastbridge, Suffolk, March 2013
Platalea leucorodia


[edit] Identification

Breeding adult

  • White plumage
  • Crest
  • Yellow breast patch
  • Dark legs
  • Black, yellow tipped, bill


Non-breeding plumagePhoto by Julio Caldas Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal, March 2006
Non-breeding plumage
Photo by Julio Caldas
Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal, March 2006
  • No crest and no breast patch


  • Black tipped primary flight feathers
  • Pale bill

[edit] Distribution

Southern Eurasia, (Spain to Japan), and North Africa. Vagrant to the Caribbean (Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados), and to Greenland[2].

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

1st WinterPhoto by QingcolAmble, Cornwall, October 2005
1st Winter
Photo by Qingcol
Amble, Cornwall, October 2005

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. l. leucorodia:
  • P. l. balsaci:
  • P. l. archeri:

[edit] Habitat

Wetlands and marshes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in colonies in trees or reedbeds. The clutch consists of 4 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes fish and frogs.

[edit] Vocalisation

JuvenilePhoto by rsriram9Thol, Gujarat, India, March 2013
Photo by rsriram9
Thol, Gujarat, India, March 2013

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds
  3. Wikipedia

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