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
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A juvinile bird begging for food. Locality Groene Jonker, Zevenhoven, South Holland Province, Netherlands (ssp leucorodia)
Yoel Jimenez 16 June 2012 3 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 4 years ago 16 sec 4.6
Two birds feeding Locality Marais du Vigueirat Nature Reserve, Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Pascal Vagner 25 August 2015 38 weeks ago 51 sec 4.5
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 2 years ago 51 sec 4.5
A bird in the river Locality Souss Massa National Park, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Juan Sanabria 1 April 2012 3 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 7 years ago 50 sec 4.4
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By stretching. Albufera de Mallorca.
Locality S'Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain (ssp leucorodia)
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 24 May 2016 1 hour ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Locality Oasi di Torrile, Torrile, Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (ssp leucorodia)
maurizioravasini 23 November 2012 1 year ago 5
Locality Bundala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
GunnarPettersson 25 January 2009 1 year ago 4.9
Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India
Dr Kaushik Jothinath 8 January 2015 1 year ago 4.8
Locality Texel, North Holland Province, Netherlands
Paul Cools 10 April 2012 3 years ago 4.8
Locality Puglia (Apulia) Region, Italy
Ciro De Simone 28 weeks ago 4.8
Calls of chcicks demanding feed in heronry Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 September 1983 6 years ago 3.5
A flock of feeding birds calling. Locality Kerkini Lake, Central Macedonia Region, Greece
Iva Hristova 26 August 2009 6 years ago 3