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Yellow-billed Spoonbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mitcon
Adelaide, South Australia, July 2005
Platalea flavipes

Identification

  • White
  • Yellow face, spatulate bill, legs and feet.

Breeding: the facial skin is edged in black, the outer wing plumes are tipped black and there are long breast feathers.
Young birds are similar to adults, but have black markings on the inner flight feathers

Distribution

Australia; vagrant to Tasmania and New Zealand

Taxonomy

Photo © by Nora
Toolern Vale Melbourne, Victoria, September 2006

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Shallows of freshwater wetlands, dams, lagoons and swamps, and sometimes in dry pastures, but rarely uses saltwater wetlands.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes aquatic insects and larvae.

Breeding

Breeding plumage
Photo © by Raoul
Perth, Western Australia, 2009

Colonial nester, joining other water birds, such as Ibis and Royal Spoonbill. The nest is placed high in the fork of trees over water, or in amongst reed beds. It is a shallow, unlined platform of sticks, rushes and reeds. The female builds the nest from materials supplied by the male. Both sexes share incubation and care of the young.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards

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