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 Post subject: Spoonbill, African
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:22 am 
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African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)

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Other names:
Afrikaans: Lepelaar
German: Afrikanischer Löffler
French: Spatule d'Afrique
Portuguese: Colhereiro-africano
Dutch: Afrikaanse lepelaar

Physical characteristics:
The African Spoonbill is a long-legged wading bird. Its height is 90 cm (36"). Its body is predominantly white, except for its red legs, face, and bill. Its wing is 365-403 mm long. This bird can be easily identified by its uniquely spoon-shaped bill. At birth, the African Spoonbill's bill does not resemble a spoon. It is born with a short beak, that gradually develops into its spoon-like shape. It usually resembles a spoon right before it is time to leave its nest. Both the male and female birds are similar in appearance.

Distribution and habitat:
The African Spoonbill is commonly found in several of countries in the southern part of Africa. Some of these countries include Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The African Spoonbill usually resides by shallow inland waters. This bird's habitat includes river banks, lake shores, marshes, plains, savannas, swamps, and water-meadows.

Behavior:
The African Spoonbill is usually a shy and alert bird. It is usually found singly, but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups. It is usually silent, except for an occasional grunt when alarmed. This bird travels by flight. It flies with its neck and legs extended, while flapping its wings steadily in the air. The African Spoonbill feeds by fishing in shallow water. It fishes for its food by swinging its open bill from side to side in the water. Its bill acts as a scythe (hooked tool) to catch its food.

Diet:
The African Spoonbill's diet consists mainly of fish and aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans or shellfishes, insects, larvae, and mollusks.

Breeding and nesting:
The African Spoonbill begins to breed in the winter. The breeding period starts in the winter and lasts throughout the spring. It usually breeds in colonies from late March through September. The female may lay 3-5 eggs during the month of April or May. This bird's eggs are usually spotted with colored dots of red, brown, or blue; however, the eggs from our nesting parents at the Honolulu Zoo were pure white. It lays its eggs mostly in a nest platform of sticks or reeds in a tree near water, but its nest can also be found in swamp reeds, among rocks, marsh plants, or cliffs. These nests are either near the ground or in trees over water. The inside of the nest is often lined with leaves. The egg undergoes incubation for up to 29 days by both parents. (The 2 chicks hatched on the nest at the Honolulu Zoo both were incubated for 21 days). After hatching the young are cared for by both parents for 20-30 days. Soon after, the young birds are ready to leave the nest. They begin to fly after another four weeks.(Our 2 chicks fledged exactly one month after they hatched).


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 Post subject: Re: Spoonbill, African
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francoisd wrote:
Dutch: Afrikaanse lepelaar

Actually, just Lepelaar.

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Actually, Afrikaanse Lepelaar (as per Roberts VII). :wink:

"Our" Lepelaar (also known as Common or Eurasian Spoonbill) is the Platalea leucorodia.

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This pic was taken in April on my trip to the Western Cape. Abrahamskraal dam in WCNP.
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"AH was ringed as a chick at Intaka Island on 19 Oct 2007. So it is a three and a half year old bird. This is one of the furthest 'movers' from Intaka. Really great that you managed to capture this bird!!
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