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Spoonbill
Platalea leucorodia

Map of the common names


Description
White heron, medium-sized (L 85 cm), with characteristic black spoonbill, long and thick. The Spoonbill inhabits lowland coastal wetlands. Nests colonially in reedbeds, bushes or trees. Feeds on small fish, insects and other small aquatic animals. Migrant.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The EU breeding population totals 1,500 pairs and is slightly increasing. The main threat is loss of nesting and feeding habitat. Other problems which may be less important for this species are egg-collecting, pesticides and botulism.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
1,200 / 1,500 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos

 


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