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Black-Faced Spoonbill

Black-Faced Spoonbill

Platalea minor  Temminck & Schlegel, 1849

The black-faced spoonbill is an endangered bird species in the family Threskiornithidae of the order Ciconiiformes. It looks just like its name, having its eye-cornering face, cheek and mouth as well as feet all in black. It specially features a large, flat-ended, spatulate bill that is common in the genus Platalea. It is entirely covered with white feathers, and during the breeding season, feathers on the back of its head and in front of its chest are distinctively yellow.
 
They are usually solitary or in a small group preying in the shallow water zones near the coasts, estuaries, shoals, etc. They forage at night and rest at daytime, using the bill to sweep both sides in water to find aquatic organisms
 
Starting the end of September every year, black-faced spoonbills would come from the north in groups and arrive at the Zengwen River mouth to spend the winter. In recent years, due to the gradually vanished sandy land of the Zengwen River estuary and disturbing daily tourist activities, their existence has been slowly threatened.

Zoology

Black-Faced Spoonbill

Black-Faced Spoonbill

Platalea minor  Temminck & Schlegel, 1849

The black-faced spoonbill is an endangered bird species in the family Threskiornithidae of the order Ciconiiformes. It looks just like its name, having its eye-cornering face, cheek and mouth as well as feet all in black. It specially features a large, flat-ended, spatulate bill that is common in the genus Platalea. It is entirely covered with white feathers, and during the breeding season, feathers on the back of its head and in front of its chest are distinctively yellow.
 
They are usually solitary or in a small group preying in the shallow water zones near the coasts, estuaries, shoals, etc. They forage at night and rest at daytime, using the bill to sweep both sides in water to find aquatic organisms
 
Starting the end of September every year, black-faced spoonbills would come from the north in groups and arrive at the Zengwen River mouth to spend the winter. In recent years, due to the gradually vanished sandy land of the Zengwen River estuary and disturbing daily tourist activities, their existence has been slowly threatened.