The Yellow-billed Spoonbill is a large, white waterbird with a yellow face and spoon-shaped bill. The legs and feet are yellow. Breeding plumage has long wing plumes tipped with black and long breast feathers (hackles). The facial skin is edged with black in the breeding season, but yellow at other times. Young are similar to adults with some dark markings on the inner flight feathers.
76 - 91cm
freshwater wetlands, dams, lagoons and swamps, and sometimes in dry pastures
Feds by wading slowly in shallow waters, sweeping its bill from side to side to catch aquatic insects and their larvae.
nests in colonies with other water birds, such as ibises and Royal Spoonbills. Nest is built in high fork of tree over water, or in among reed beds, and is a shallow, unlined platform made from sticks, rushes and reeds
found across Australia in suitable habitat. Common in northern well-watered inland areas, but is less common in coastal regions
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Yellow-billed Spoonbill|
Relatives in same Genus
Royal Spoonbill (P. regia)