African Spoonbill

About the African Spoonbill

The African Spoonbill is a large species of wading bird found in parts of Africa, including Madagascar, Kenya, and South Africa. Their preferred habitat includes shallow water and wetlands.

Like other kinds of spoonbills, the African Spoonbill feeds by swinging its uniquely-shaped bill from side to side in the water, catching food like fish, insects, and crustaceans.

African Spoonbills can be recognized by their white plumage, reddish legs and bare red face. And of course the unique shape of the bill stands out.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 04 December 2017
Scientific Name
Platalea alba
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Platalea
  • P. alba
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
36 inches
47 to 53 inches


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 非洲琵鹭
Czech (Cesky) kolpík africký
Danish (Dansk) Afrikansk Skestork
Dutch (Nederlands) Afrikaanse Lepelaar
Finnish (Suomi) afrikankapustahaikara
French (Français) Spatule d'Afrique
German (Deutsch) Afrikanischer Löffler
Italian (Italiano) Spatola africana
Japanese (日本語) アフリカヘラサギ [afurikaherasagi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Afrikaskjestork
Polish (Polski) warzęcha czerwonolica
Portuguese (Português) Colhereiro-africano
Russian (русский язык) Белая колпица
Spanish (Español) Espátula Africana
Swedish (Svenska) afrikansk skedstork
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