Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) - HBW 1, p. 504
French: Spatule blanche
Spanish: Espátula Común
Other common names: White/European/Common Spoonbill
Taxonomy: Platalea Leucorodia Linnaeus, 1758, Europe; restricted to Sweden.
Considered by some to form superspecies with P. minor, P. alba and P. regia; P. regia sometimes regarded as race of present species. Asian populations have been assigned separate race, major, but doubtfully valid. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leucorodia Linnaeus, 1758 - S Spain, Holland and SE Europe to C & E Asia, extending S to Persian Gulf, India and Sri Lanka; winters in W & E Africa and SE China.
- balsaci de Naurois & Roux, 1974 - islands off coast of Mauritania.
- archeri Neumann, 1928 - coasts of Red Sea and Somalia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 71 videos
Adults breeding in a monospecific colony. Locality Valli di Comacchio, Po Delta Regional Park, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp leucorodia)
Pierandrea Brichetti 14 May 2001 1 year ago 51 sec 4.6
A juvinile bird begging for food. Locality Groene Jonker, Zevenhoven, South Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp leucorodia)
Yoel Jimenez 16 June 2012 2 years ago 58 sec 4.6
An adult in breeding plumage catching a fish and eating it. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp leucorodia)
Josep del Hoyo 28 February 2011 3 years ago 16 sec 4.6
A bird in the river Locality Souss Massa National Park, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Juan Sanabria 1 April 2012 2 years ago 34 sec 4.4
An adult foraging and running in a pool overgrown with duckweed. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (ssp leucorodia)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 February 2008 5 years ago 50 sec 4.4
A bird feeding Locality Axios Delta, Central Macedonia Region, Greece (ssp leucorodia)
Theo Mamais 2 May 2010 4 years ago 52 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 135 photos
Locality Texel, North Holland Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 10 April 2012 2 years ago 4.7
Locality Tenerife, Canary Islands
Didier Collin 25 February 2008 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong (ssp leucorodia)
Bob Thompson 22 November 2010 4 years ago 4.6
Locality Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
Mario Caffi 20 June 2010 3 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.5
Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp leucorodia)
maurizioravasini 23 November 2012 4 days ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.5
Locality Jamnagar District, Gujarat, India
RAM MALLYA 30 January 2014 15 weeks ago 4.5
Calls of chcicks demanding feed in heronry Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 September 1983 5 years ago 3.5
A flock of feeding birds calling. Locality Kerkini Lake, Central Macedonia Region, Greece
Iva Hristova 26 August 2009 5 years ago 3