(Platalea flavipes)

Length:  90 cm Moderately Common

The Yellow-billed Spoonbill is a large, white waterbird with a yellow face and spatulate (spoon-shaped) bill, yellow legs and feet. It is most often seen wading slowly in shallow waters, sweeping its bill from side to side to feed. Instead of searching for food by looking for it, the sensitive tip of the spoonbill’s bill allows the bird to feel for its food instead. Their large spoon-shaped bills easily distinguish spoonbills from all other water birds.

They often nest in colonies with other water birds, such as Ibises and Royal Spoonbills. It places its nest in high forks of trees over water, or in among reed beds, building a shallow, unlined platform of sticks, rushes and reeds.