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African Spoonbills

Platalea alba

About the African Spoonbills

African spoonbills have white feathers, pink legs and spoon-shaped beak. They eat small fish, insects, crabs and snails, which they catch by sweeping their beak side to side in the water.

Habitat and Distribution

African spoonbills are found around rivers and lakes throughout Africa, south of the Sahara.

Family Information

Spoonbills usually nest in colonies with other species of birds. They build a flat, oval nest from stick and reeds, above or near water, into this they lay up to five eggs which are incubated by both parents for about four weeks.

Conservation Status: Common

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