2022 Bonanza Bird #8

Meet the Black-faced Spoonbill: A Unique and Endangered Bird

Birdorable Black-faced Spoonbill

Today the Black-faced Spoonbill joins Birdorable!

This special bird is native to a small range across eastern Asia. Of all of the six species of spoonbill, the Black-faced Spoonbill has the most limited range, and is the only species to be considered Endangered (the others all have a conservation status of Least Concern). The biggest threat they face is loss of habitat.

Black-faced Spoonbills can be recognized by their long spatula-shaped bills, large white bodies, and namesake black faces. Breeding birds (like our cartoon cutie) develop a yellow band at the base of the neck. Young birds, and adults outside of breeding, lack the yellow band (like the photo example below).

Black-faced Spoonbill by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) (CC BY 2.0)

Shop for gifts featuring the new bird on Amazon, including our Birdorable Black-faced Spoonbill Tank Top.

Tomorrow our Birdorable Bonanza will continue when we add a North American species named for the color of its eyes. This passerine has a repetitive song and is often heard before it is seen. Do you know the bird?

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