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Platalea leucorodia

Map of the common names

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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