PORT PHILLIP BAY


Yellow-billed Spoonbill 

Platalea flavipes

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Ciconiiformes
Family:
Threskiornithidae
Genus:
Platalea
Species:
flavipes

General Description

Body white brown plumes on wings. Legs yellow. Bill yellow and wide with a flat round tip (spoon-shaped). Body up to 77 cm long.

Biology

Yellow-billed Spoonbills feed by placing their bill into shallow water and using a side-ways swaying of the head to search for crustaceans. They usually roost in trees.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and swamps, occasionally saltwater areas.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Ibises and spoonbills

Max Size

77 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Platalea flavipes, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Mar 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7946

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