African spoonbill – Platalea alba

African spoonbill – Platalea alba

African Spoonbill Platalea alba

The African Spoonbill is a bird of the Threskionithidae family.

The species is widespread in Africa and Madagascar, in swampy areas with shallow water and nests in trees or reedbeds. Generally, it does not mix with storks and herons.It feeds on fish, frogs and other aquatic animals.

It lays two to four eggs. Adult, it is completely white except its legs and its face are red and its long spatula beak is gray. It has no crest unlike the spoonbill. Young have a yellow beak. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with extension neck.


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