Eurasian Spoonbill

About the Eurasian Spoonbill

Also known as: White Spoonbill, Common Spoonbill, Spoonbill

Eurasian Spoonbills are large wading birds found in parts of Eurasia and North Africa. Breeding adults are beautiful in bright white plumage, with a yellow breast patch, and dark legs and bill. The long spoon-shaped bill has a yellow tip in breeding season. They also grow long, beautiful head plumes. The sexes look alike.

Eurasian Spoonbills, called Common Spoonbills throughout part of their range, prefer wetlands and marshy areas for feeding and nesting.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 September 2011
Scientific Name
Platalea leucorodia
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Platalea
  • P. leucorodia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 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
31 to 37 inches
47 to 53 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) colhereiro-europeu
Czech (Cesky) kolpík bílý
Danish (Dansk) Skestork
Dutch (Nederlands) Lepelaar
Finnish (Suomi) kapustahaikara
French (Français) Spatule blanche
German (Deutsch) Löffler
Italian (Italiano) Spatola
Japanese (日本語) ヘラサギ [herasagi]
Korean (한국어) 노랑부리저어새
Norwegian (Norsk) Skjestork
Polish (Polski) warzęcha
Russian (русский язык) Колпица
Spanish (Español) Espátula Común
Swedish (Svenska) Skedstork
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