African Spoonbill

Platalea alba

Size: 90 cms high
Habitat: Swamps and marshes
Feeding: Fish, amphibians, insects

The African Spoonbill is a large wading bird. It is very easy to identify with its all white plummage, long red legs and red face. The grey beak is spatulate and it feeds by moving the beak from side to side in the water to scoop up fish and insects.

It flies with its neck outstretched in a similar fashion to storks.

These photos were taken in the Selous National Park, Tanzania.







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