- It moves its beak back and forth to catch its prey.
- They are most active in the morning and evening.
- Usually roost communally and may be found in flocks of up to 100, especially during the breeding season.
- They spend a lot of time preening their feathers.
Animals — Aves (birds) — Pelecaniformes (pelican relatives) — Threskiornithidae (spoonbills and ibises)
White spoonbills, also known as Eurasian spoonbills, are a white species of wading bird. They have black legs and black bills that are tipped with yellow. They also have a yellowish chest patch, and breeders have a long white crest.
They are usually found in small to large groups, usually being in large flocks when they migrate. Southern populations can be resident birds, not migrating at all. They are also often seen flocking with other species of water birds.
They are classified as “least concern” as the population is large and widespread. It is not known whether the population is dropping, but if it is, it is not dropping quickly. Habitat loss by wetland drainage, and pollution, over-fishing, disturbance and hunting are all threats.
Habitat: Prefer shallow wetlands and may be found in marshes, rivers, lakes, swamps, and flooded areas.
–Average weight: 1.9kg
–Average length: 0.8m
In the wild up to: unknown
In captivity up to: 30 years
Diet: They are carnivores and so eat meat. They consume items like insects, mollusks, crustaceans, frogs, newts, and small fish.
Distribution: Can be found from the UK and Spain to Japan and North Africa.