25 October, 2009

Royal Spoonbill

Scientific Name: Platalea regia

Population Estimate: 25K - 100K

Range / Habitat: Favors tidal mudflats along the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Paupa New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

Field Notes: Large, brilliantly white wading bird with long, black spoon-shaped bill. The white plumes on the head signify breeding plumage. Unmistakable in range.

Personal Notes: First seen among the albatross at Taiaroa Head. Later seen in abundance in the Catlins. 

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