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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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In contrast, ecotourism is now booming in Chiku, the township that encompasses the primary roosting and foraging habitats for the spoonbill. Through promotion by local organizations and constant media attention, the black-faced spoonbill is currently one of the most recognized birds in Taiwan.
Taiwan -- One of the rarest birds in the world, the black-faced spoonbill (Plataleaminor) winters in the coastal wetlands of Chi-gu Lagoon at the mouth of the Tsengwen River.
WBCP members Amado Bajarias Jr., Maia Tanedo, Don Geoff Tabaranza and this writer reported the three black-faced spoonbills as circling thrice at 6:30 a.m.
The loudest laugh track, it's a cackling that in the hollow-ness of this building sounds like birds, like roseate spoonbills, like an entire colony in courtship, suddenly grunting, chirping, and then flying up to circle an area for no apparent reason, before settling again in the same rough spot.
If we degrade these places, it will lead to inevitable decline of these populations, and this is what we are witnessing with spoonbills and sandpipers.
I cautiously approach the lone spoonbill after the pelicans and the other two spoonbills abruptly take flight.
During spring and summer, the bay is filled with fresh green while during falls and winters, you can feast your eyes on the flocks of migratory birds such as hooded cranes and spoonbills. A trip to Suncheon bay never complete without a walk along the reed field and sightseeing from Mount Yongsan.
"Brown pelicans, long-necked egrets, flamingo-like roseate spoonbills and squawking seagulls fly lazily around a Texas Gulf Coast island.
Do you get the impression that Spoonbills are just black and white birds with nothing special about them?
Out of the more than 750 recoveries of dead birds and those caught and released, there were several "firsts" in the UK for spoonbills, nightjars, sedge warblers, chiffchaffs and pied flycatchers.
AS thousands fled from Libya this week, a record 70 spoonbills sought shelter in Malta from Mediterranean storms.
The crocodile regards me with no apparent interest while herons dip for fish, iguanas bask on branches overhead, and roseate spoonbills splash the sky with pink.