English: White Spoonbill, Common Spoonbill, European
Russian: Колпица, Обыкновенная колпица
Mongolian: Цагаагчин халбагат, Халбаган хушуут
Japanese: ヘラサギ (Hera-sagi)
length: 80-93 cm
span: 120-135 cm
Habitat: Breeds in colonies (parse local) in large reed swamps
with some bushes and trees. Nests in trees or reeds, normally not
mixed with other species. Requires to sheltered shallow open water; also salt ponds.
Food molluscs, crustaceans, small fish.
Unmistakable at close range, with long bill with spatula-shaped tip. At
distance can be confused only with one of the white egrets owing to its size
and all-white plumage. Note bushy nuchal crest and typical foraging behavior:
bill is held lowered in the water and head is swung from side to side while the
bird wades forwards. Flies with neck extended, wingbeats quite fast
interspersed with glides.
breeding: Bushy crest, ochre breast patch, all-white primaries, black bill with
summer/winter: As breeding, but lacks crest and ochre breast patch.
As adult non-breeding, but black tips to outer primaries and with initially
pinkish legs and bill which gradually darken.