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The Eurasian Spoonbills is completely white except for its black legs and bill. Other than the Eurasian spoonbill there are 5 other species most of them look fairly similar except for the Roseate spoonbill, which is pink.


The birds usually breed during the spring usually from the end of March to July. They lay only one clutch per breeding season which typically consist of 4 eggs. The birds breed in mixed colonies together with herons, cormorants, geese, and gulls.


The migration behavior of the birds depends on the location the bird resides. The birds that breed in Asia and Africa are resident or migrate locally. However, birds in northern (colder) parts of their territory move to warmer parts to breed.


Eurasian spoonbills are, like the name suggests largely found in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Different kinds, for example, the Royal and Yellow-billed can be found in Australia and the Roseate spoonbill can be found in north and south America.


Spoonbill in low standing water
A Eurasian spoonbill

Latin Name: Platalea leucorodia

Food: insects, mollusks, newts, crustaceans, worms, leeches, frogs, tadpoles, and small fish

Conservation Status

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern

Fun Facts about the spoonbill

We are in this together! Female and Male birds hatch their eggs together.

Wingspan! The wingspan of a mature bird ranges from 115cm to 135cm (45-53 inch)

Oh so Pink! Roseate Spoonbills get their pink color from their food! They feed on crustaceans who in turn have fed on algae.

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Eurasian spoonbill. (2022). Wikipedia. From wikipedia.org

Lepelaar (2022). Vogelbescherming. From www.vogelbescherming.nl

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