Spoonbill Bird Information
Spoonbill bird is a large white, heron-like bird with a large spatulate bill. Plumage all white with droopy crest and yellow wash at the base of the neck in breeding plumage; crest and neck wash lost in winter. Bill black with yellow tip; bare yellow patch on throat; long legs black. Spoonbill bird flies with neck extended rather than tucked back like heron. The bird feeds with side-to-side scything action of the bill in shallow water. Juvenile spoonbill birds show black wingtips.
Status: Spoonbill bird is a scarce visitor, mostly in spring and autumn to the south and east coasts. Breeds Netherlands.
Similar Species: Rare little and Great White Egrets are only other all-white heron-like birds. Spoonbill bird can be picked-out at a considerable distance by creamy white (not pure white) plumage.
Spoonbill Bird Facts
|Size||78-80 cm (27-31 in)|
|Habitat||freshwater marshes, estuaries|
|Behavior||wades, walks, takes off and lands on water or ground|
|Flocking||1 or 2|
|Flight||glides, soars; strong, powerful and direct|
|Tail||white; short and square|
|Belly||black, tipped yellow; large and spatulate|
|Legs||black; very long|
|Ad.winter||no crest or neck wash|
|Juvenile||as winter but black wingtips and pink bill|
Nesting & Breeding
|Nest||a platform of reeds and twigs in tree or bush|
|Eggs||4; spotted reddish|
|Food||Insects, crustaceans, molluscs, fish|
|Population||scarce passage migrant|