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
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