Hindi name: Dabil / Chamacha baaz
Eurasian Spoonbill is wader bird. It is usually seen foraging in groups.
How does the bird appear…
The plumage is white with dark bill which is yellow at tip. Legs are dark. Breeding adult show crest. Non-breeders lack crest and breast band. Both sexes are similar.
Immature birds have a pale bill and black tips to the primary flight feathers.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
Eurasian spoonbill prefers extensive shallow, wetlands with muddy, clay or fine sandy beds. It can be seen at any type of marsh, river, lake, flooded area and mangrove swamp, whether fresh, brackish or saline.
It feeds on aquatic insects, mollusks, newts, crustaceans, worms, leeches, frogs, tadpoles and on small fish.
Breeding & Nesting
Eurasian Spoonbill is monogamous. Its breeding season varies as it coincides with rain. Nest is platform of sticks and vegetation. Incubation period is around od 20-25 days. Incubation is done by both parents.