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common name for a large wading bird related to the ibis. It has a long bill with a tip like a flattened spoon, with which it captures small aquatic animals. The roseate spoonbill, Ajaia ajaja, its plumage rosy pink accented with carmine on the wings and tail, is found from the Gulf states S to Argentina and Chile. In the United States it was almost exterminated for its feathers. The common spoonbill of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Platalea leucorodia, is white and crested. Other species are found in Australia, Japan, and tropical Africa. The unrelated shoveler duck is sometimes called spoonbill, and there is a spoon-billed sandpiper. Spoonbills are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Ciconiiformes, family Threskiornithidae.



(Platalea leucorodia), a bird of the family Plataleidae of the order Ciconiiformes. Its body length measures about 80 cm, and its weight about 1.5 kg. The bill is flat and expanded near the tip in the shape of a spatula. The plumage is white.

The spoonbill is distributed in Europe, Asia, and northeastern Africa. In the USSR it is found in the south, from the lower Danube to Primor’e. A migratory bird, it winters in Africa and southern Asia. The spoonbill settles in colonies, usually at the mouths of rivers that are overgrown with reeds. It feeds mainly on small invertebrates. The bird installs its nests on bent reed stalks, more rarely in trees. Three to five eggs are laid at one time. The young hatch covered with down but are blind and helpless.


any of several wading birds of warm regions, such as Platalea leucorodia (common spoonbill) and Ajaia ajaja (roseate spoonbill), having a long horizontally flattened bill: family Threskiornithidae, order Ciconiiformes
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Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) founding member Mike Lu cited an example of a so-called target bird: 'Black-faced Spoonbill is a rare migrant in the Philippines.
Here are some of the notable movements collected from the ringing scheme: * A German-ringed spoonbill seen in Carmarthenshire - 650 miles away as the crow flies.
Although all individuals presented active or cicatricial foot lesions, mortality occurred only in the two roseate spoonbills and one black swan.
When spoonbills aren't busy guarding their chicks, nestled atop mangrove islands, they're wading patiently in the shallows, nipping at fish and snails with a long, rounded beak that gives them their name.
Many people visited SAVE's information table and bake sale (one of its best fundraisers) during the day, which culminated in a reception and exhibition --"A Celebration of Student Activism"--showcasing the work students have been doing over the last decade for spoonbills and their habitat.
Flora and fauna encounters can be astounding, with the sightings of unique plants, raccoons, turtles, snakes, bobcats, herons, hawks, terns, bald eagles, egrets, pelicans, cormorants, ibis, ospreys, roseate spoonbills, alligators, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and sharks.
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A PAIR of nesting spoonbills - a bird species that has not been native to Britain for almost 400 years - have settled in Scotland.
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With flashy colors, specialized bills and unusual feeding techniques, roseate spoonbills command attention
Even more more impressive is the vast (24,700 acres) Carara Biological Reserve, west of Orotina and close to the Grande de Tarcoles River (where basking crocodiles, roseate spoonbills and a pair of scarlet macaws in formation were seen).
The fruits of these labors are borne out by the resulting habitat being home to wintering duck and goose species and localized waterfowl including roseate spoonbills and blue herons," commented RES president and CEO Elliott Bouillion.