African Spoonbill
Platalea alba
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The African spoonbill is a common in shallow wetlands. It has a long, flattened bill that is swept side-to-side or used as a probe in mud and grass. Immatures have black primary wing tips (see slideshow photo #2). Juveniles have black legs and dark bare faces. The nest was seen in Selous (6-02). The 6th row photo (So. Africa, 2-20) is courtesy of Karine Van der Vurst. The 12th row photo (Tarangire, 10-15) is courtesy of Michael Oates. The other photos were taken in Arusha NP, Lake Manyara NP, Mkungunero, Shambarai swamp and at Nanja Dam. Click the photo above to see 22 enlargements including a juvenile.
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Karen Wilson, Paul Oliver, Michael Oates, Karine Van der Vurst

Last Update this page: 6-17-20