The Black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor) is a common winter visitor in southern Okinawa. The spoonbill is currently endangered and has an estimated population of less than 3000. It’s biggest treats are habitat loss, pollution and pesticides. The Black-faced spoonbill is currently listed critically endangered on the IUCN red list of threatened species.
- Scientific name: (Platalea minor)
- Distribution: Okinawa, Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan
- Habitat: Mud flats, mangroves and wetlands
- Diet: Fish
- Average Size: 73.5 cm
The Black-faced spoonbill is a magnificent animal.
The Black-faced spoonbills work as a team when hunting for fish.
Out of all the birds at the mudflats, the spoonbills are the most consistent hunters. They rest most of the day, but when its time to fish they always catch one fairly quickly.
The Spoonbills in flight
The Spoonbill landing – The art of conveying Motion !
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