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African Spoonbill

Platalea alba

Spoonbills are relatives of the ibis. There are 6 species including one found in Europe.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 90 - 91cm
Weight: 1.8kg

habitat

Habitat

African spoonbills inhabit large inland waterways such as lakes or rivers, throughout Africa, south of the Sahara.

diet

Diet

Spoonbills are carnivores feeding on small fish and aquatic invertebrates such as molluscs and crustaceans.

behaviour

Breeding

Spoonbills build flat, oval nests from sticks, usually above water. They lay between 2 to 4 eggs that are incubated by both parents for around 30 days.

threat

Conservation

The African spoonbill is not considered globally endangered, however in Madagascar the species is seriously threatened by the destruction of breeding colonies.

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