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Spoonbill

Platalea leucorodia
SPOONBILL

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Key information: The Spoonbill is a large distinctive wading bird that passes through Cyprus during migration. It is easily recognized by its white plumage and its long bill with a spatula-shaped tip. Found at wetlands with shallow water, it feeds by lowering its bill to the water and swinging its head from side to side. A small number may also spend the winter here. It may be confused with one of the larger egrets, but it can be told apart thanks to its stockier build.

Length: 80 – 93 cm

Habitat: Wetlands

When they can be seen: Autumn, spring

What they eat: Fish and other aquatic organisms, invertebrates

In Cyprus: Can be seen at wetlands such as Oroklini Lake, Akrotiri Salt Lake and Paralimni Lake

Status: Passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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