Spoonbills, Spoonbill Pictures, Facts, and Information
Pictures of African White Spoonbills and Roseate Spoonbills. These birds get their name from the unique shape of their bill.
Spoonbills feed by holding their beak slightly open in shallow water while sweeping their heads from side to side, snapping the beak closed when it detects fish or shrimp. Spoonbills feed and nest in flocks.
They court potential mates by clapping their bills and presenting nesting materials. If they do find a mate, they begin a 22 day incubation period. At the end of that period, they'll hatch up to five chicks. Both parents feed the babies regurgitated fish. Fledglings leave the nest after 40 days and are able to breed once they're two or three years old.
THe Roseate Spoonbill (often mistaken for a flamingo) was hunted to near extinction in the early 1900's for its stunning feathers. Since then, the species has made a comeback. Today, they're losing their native wetlands and the number of spoonbills is falling.