African Spoonbill

When the African Spoonbill is ready to breed, it is all white except for its red legs and face and long grey bill that looks like a spoon.


  • Scientific Name: Platalea alba
  • Range: Africa and Madagascar
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: Birds of the World
  • Cool Animal Fact: This bird uses its open bill to catch food by swinging it from side-to-side in the water, which helps it catch food in its mouth. This motion is called ‘dabbling.’