Royal Spoonbill

The Royal Spoonbill is a large white bird with a black, spoon-shaped bill. It is a wading bird and has long legs for walking through water. It eats fish, shellfish, crabs and amphibians, catching its prey by making a side-to-side movement with its bill.

The Royal Spoonbill is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Royal Spoonbill can feed faster and on larger prey than the Yellow-billed Spoonbill, as it has a shorter, broader bill with more papillae (touch receptors) inside the spoon. Facts and figures Research Species: No Minimum size: 74 cm Maximum size: 81 cm Average size: 78 cm Average weight: 77. More

The Royal Spoonbill is an Australian Bird that lives in wetlands and feeds on crustaceans, fish and small insects. The Royal Spoonbill feeds by sweeping its bill from side to side. It always flies with its head extended. Widespread throughout its large range, the Royal Spoonbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. More

* Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia): Most common in south-east Australia, but regularly found in smaller numbers on other parts of the continent when temporary wetlands form; in New Zealand, particularly the South Island, and sometimes as stragglers in New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands. Its food is aquatic life, and it nests in trees, marshes or reed-beds. More

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) Filmed at Manly Marina, SE Qld May 1998 using Canon EX1 Hi8 & Sigma 400mm lens.all » Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) Filmed at Manly Marina, SE Qld May 1998 using Canon EX1 Hi8 & Sigma 400mm lens.« Download video - iPod/PSPDownload is starting. Save file to your computer. If the download does not start automatically, right-click this link and choose "Save As". How to get videos onto the iPod or PSP. Embed video ▲ ▼ Playlist: Related videos Loading... More

The Royal Spoonbill is a large white bird with a black, spoon-shaped bill. It is a wading bird and has long legs for walking through water. It eats fish, shellfish, crabs and amphibians, catching its prey by making a side-to-side movement with its bill. It always flies with its head extended. More

A mature Royal Spoonbill walks through the shallows at low tide, Rabbit Island, New ZealandA mature Royal Spoonbill sifts through the silt at low tide near Rabbit Island, New ZealandA Royal Spoonbill in profile, shot at Rabbit Island, New ZealandA possible breeding pair of Royal Spoonbills, Rabbit Island, New ZealandA possible breeding pair of Royal Spoonbills feeds at low tide, Rabbit Island, New ZealandA Royal Spoonbill stands in the background, fronted by a Black-Backed gull and a White-Faced HeronA mature Royal Spoonbill at dusk, Rabbit Island, New Zealand A flock of juvenile Royal Spoonbills fly home to roost for the night, Rabbit Island, New Zealand More

Aspects of the topic royal spoonbill are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * classification (in spoonbill (bird)) ...Europe and Asia, south to Egypt, India, and Taiwan. Others are the African spoonbill (P. alba); the lesser spoonbill (P. minor) of eastern Asia; and two Australian species, the royal, or black-billed, spoonbill (P. More

The Royal Spoonbill is a self-introduced bird originating from Australia which began breeding in New Zealand in the early 1940's. - Royal Spoonbill Bird: Scientific Name: Platalea regia share to Facebook Usually seen in estuaries, marshes or tidal creeks, the large white Royal Spoonbill belongs to the family of ibises, and are immediately distinguishable by their long, black, spatulate bills. More

The Platalea regia also known as the Royal Spoonbill bird wades in the shallow waters in Otago, New Zealand. photo of Royal Spoonbill Bird Royal Spoonbill Bird The Royal Spoonbill is a self-introduced bird originating from Australia which began breeding in New Zealand in the early 1940's. More

Royal Spoonbills are found along waterways in many parts of Australia (mostly the eastern part of the continent). We see them at times of rainfall, when billabongs and lakes near Narrabri are wet. Seen by us regularly, but always in small numbers, near permanent waters in the Narrabri area every year from 2005 to the present time. More

Like white herons, royal spoonbills are widespread in Australia. Only six spoonbill sightings were recorded in New Zealand prior to 1930. Since 1942, according to Oliver, birds have been seen every year and seem to have started breeding here from at least the 1950s. In the summer of 1949–50 a single pair of spoonbills bred alongside the white herons at Okarito. In the following years others joined them, building up the colony to a peak by 1970. More

Picture of Platalea regia above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: Arthur Chapman
Author: Arthur Chapman
Permission: Some rights reserved
Order : Ciconiiformes
Family : Threskiornithidae
Genus : Platalea
Species : regia
Authority : Gould, 1838
Animal of the Day
Animal of the day on Facebook