Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yellow-billed spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

A large, beautiful waterbird that I spotted a few times at Herdsman Lake. It is possible to be within a few meters from it without making it nervous and start walking away.


Doesn't it look like the bird character in Sesame Street? Except for the long spoon-like bill.




The yellow-billed spoonbill feeds by wading slowly in shallow water and sweeping its bill from side to side to catch aquatic insects.

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The bill of the bird has vibration detectors inside the spoon, which helps it detect its prey even in murky water, day or night.

References:
Birds in Backyards - Yellow-billed spoonbill
OzAnimals.com - Yellow-billed spoonbill
Guide to the wildlife of the Perth region (Simon Nevill Publications)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

nice la mulut burung ni..mesti senang dia dapat makanan kan..hehe