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  Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)





Royal Spoonbill | Platalea regia photo
Royal Spoonbill at Mt Coot-tha botanic gardens, Brisbane

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ROYAL SPOONBILL FACTS

Description
The Royal Spoonbill is a large white water bird with black spoon-shaped bill

Size
78cm

Habitat
shallow freshwater and saltwater wetlands, lagoons and dams.

Food
fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects.

Breeding
A solid bowl-shaped nest is built of sticks lined with leaves and water plants, and is usually placed in the crown of a tree or among high reeds. Lays 2-4 eggs.

Range
throughout eastern and northern mainland Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Threskiornithidae
Genus:Platalea
Species:regia
Common Name:Royal Spoonbill

Relatives in same Genus
  Yellow-billed Spoonbill (P. flavipes)