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Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)


The Eurasian Spoonbill is a large water bird, measuring between 70 and 95 cm, with a wingspan between 115 and 135 cm. It is instantly recognisable by its pure white plumage, yellow breast patch and head crest, and its signature long, black, spoon shaped bill, tipped with yellow. In flight, it can be told apart from herons, egrets etc. as it flies with neck outstretched. Northerly breeding populations of the Spoonbill are fully migratory, but only short distances, whereas southerly populations are resident and nomadic or partially migratory.


The Eurasian Spoonbill is mainly an inhabitant of extensive shallow wetland environments, such as marshes, lakes or certain rivers. They also visit sheltered marine habitats in the winter such as estuaries or river deltas.


This bird consumes a diverse array of aquatic fauna, such as insects, molluscs and crustaceans, as well as small amphibians and fish.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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