Black-faced Spoonbill

About the Black-faced Spoonbill

Also known as: Blackfaced Spoonbill, Lesser Spoonbill
The Black-faced Spoonbill is an endangered species of spoonbill native to a small range in eastern Asia. They can be recognized by their white body plumage, black facial skin, and long, spatula-shaped bill. Breeding birds (like our Birdorable example) have a yellowish band at the base of the neck.

Black-faced Spoonbills feed on aquatic prey, including fish, insects, crabs, and shrimps. They tend to be crepuscular feeders, meaning they most often eat during twilight hours -- the time around sunrise and sunset.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 December 2022
Scientific Name
Platalea minor
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Platalea
  • P. minor
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
23.6 to 30.9 inches
43.3 inches
43 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑脸琵鹭
Czech (Cesky) kolpík malý
Danish (Dansk) Lille Skestork
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Lepelaar
Finnish (Suomi) pikkukapustahaikara
French (Français) Petite Spatule
German (Deutsch) Schwarzgesichtlöffler
Italian (Italiano) Spatola faccianera
Japanese (日本語) クロツラヘラサギ [kurotsuraherasagi]
Korean (한국어) 저어새
Norwegian (Norsk) Kinaskjestork
Polish (Polski) warzęcha mała
Portuguese (Português) Colhereiro-de-cara-preta
Russian (русский язык) Малая колпица
Spanish (Español) Espátula Menor
Swedish (Svenska) koreaskedstork
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