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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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The author had a plethora of material from which to draw, including field notes, reports, Allen's own journals (which feature his sketches of people and places he encountered during his travels), and his authoritative monographs which share so many rich details about the inner lives of spoonbills, flamingos, and Whooping Cranes.
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.
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.
Here you can explore forests and wetlands and witness the late summer congregation of Wood Storks, White Ibises, Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and other wading birds.
The organization was created in 1997 in response to the threat of the Binnan industrial complex's being built on the wintering grounds of the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) in Taiwan.
A PAIR of nesting spoonbills - a bird species that has not been native to Britain for almost 400 years - have settled in Scotland.
To the west lies Everglades National Park, a vast watery wilderness of rippling sawgrass and towering clouds, of wood storks, roseate spoonbills, herons, alligators, and bobcats.
The second method is to use an electric trolling motor to ease your boat across slow-moving water, stalking spoonbills rolling near the surface.
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.
Muskegon County holds some decent numbers of waterfowl on wastewater pools and hunters can draw in on Wednesday and Sunday mornings to hunt nearby fields, which have 98 hunting zones Bird counts for the area from 2014 were 12,000 ruddies and 5,000 spoonbills (surprise surprise), but the release said Canadas are the most prevalent species, so we're down for some hot wastewater honker action.