The African SpoonBill
The African SpoonBill By Denis at Meru National Park

African Spoonbill is a long legged wading bird found in Africa especially Kenya, Madagascar, Botswana Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Here in Kenya our guides have spotted it in Meru National Park, Lake Elementaita, Ol Pejeta and Amboseli National Park along Lake Amboseli.

This bird can be easily identified by its uniquely spoon-shaped bill. Its body is mostly white, except for its legs, face and uniquely spoon-shaped bill which are red. They are born with small beaks which gradually grow to form the spoon billed like beaks. It has no crest, unlike the common spoon bill. Immature birds lack the red face and have a yellow bill. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched.

The African spoonbill feedsĀ  by fishing in shallow water by swinging its open bill from side to side, which acts as a hooked tool to seize or clutch its food. Its food include fish and aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans or shellfishes, insects, larvae, and mollusks.

Location: So far spotted in Meru, Lake Elementaita, Amboseli and Meru National Park

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