The Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) is also known as the Black-Billed Spoonbill. It is a common wetland wading bird, native to the wetlands of Australasia – Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
The Royal Spoonbill is a large white bird with a black spoon-shaped beak (bill) and a black face. It has long black legs for wading in shallow water.
It can grow to 80 centimetres (31 inches) tall.
It lives in colonies in lagoons, marshes, and along shorelines.
The Royal Spoonbill is carnivorous, feeding on crustaceans, fish, and small insects by sweeping its beak from side to side in shallow water.
It is a nomadic bird, looking for food. They always fly in a V formation to their feeding grounds. They always fly with their heads stretched out and extended.
When the Royal Spoonbill is breeding, it grows long white plumes (feathers) from the back of its head. It builds a nest of sticks in a tree. The female lays 2-3 eggs, which hatch after 21 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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