Scientific Name: Platalea alba
The African Spoonbill is a wading bird that is native to Africa, Madagascar, and the Middle East. It has a distinctive spoon-shaped bill and can grow up to 75 cm in length. Its wingspan can reach up to 150 cm. The African spoonbill has white feathers with a pink hue on its head, neck, and breast. It feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and aquatic insects. It is a non-migratory bird and can be found in wetlands, estuaries, and lagoons.
The African Spoonbill is a beautiful waterbird species found in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, hunting, and other human activities, their numbers have been declining. To help conserve this species, it is important to protect their wetland habitats and to work towards reducing human impacts on these areas. Additionally, supporting conservation organizations that focus on protecting African Spoonbills and their habitats can also help to ensure their survival
Lifespan of around 15-20 years in the wild. However, in captivity, they can live up to 25 years.
Native to Africa, Madagascar, and the Middle East
Feeds on fish, crustaceans, and aquatic insects. They filter food from the water using their spatulate bill, which is shaped like a spoon.
Around 80-90 cm in height
between 1-1.5 kg
Between four and four-and-a-half feet in length their wingspan can reach up to 130 cm.