African Spoonbill

The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is characterized by its long, spoon-shaped bill which it uses to forage for food in shallow waters. Belonging to the family Threskiornithidae, which also includes ibises.



African Spoonbills are widespread across sub-Saharan Africa and can also be found in Madagascar. They are typically found in shallow water bodies with suitable feeding conditions. This includes freshwater lakes, marshes, riverbanks, and floodplains.


These birds are fairly large, with an average length of about 90 cm (35 inches) and a wingspan that can reach up to 120-135 cm (47-53 inches).


The breeding season varies by region but often coincides with the rainy season. Females typically lay between 2 to 4 eggs, which are then incubated by both parents.The chicks are born altricial (helpless) and depend on their parents for food and protection. They fledge after about 4 to 5 weeks.


They feed by wading through shallow waters, sweeping their bills from side to side in the mud and water. The shape of their bill allows them to easily catch and filter out their prey.


Their diet mainly consists of fish, amphibians, crustaceans, insects, and small aquatic organisms.


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