June 15, 2017 – African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)

These spoonbills are found in wetlands of much of sub-Saharan Africa. They eat fish, crustaceans, and insects, sweeping their spoon-shaped beaks back and forth through the water, snapping at prey items. Building their nests from sticks, reeds, and leaves, over or near water, pairs take turns incubating clutches of three to five eggs. Chicks hatch after about a month of incubation and leave the nest after another month. Born with short bills, they develop their long spoon-shaped beaks by the time they are out of the nest.


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