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African Spoonbill

Platalea alba Scopoli, 1786

The African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is a long-legged wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. The species is widespread across Africa and Madagascar, including Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It lives in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nests in colonies in trees or reedbeds. They usually don't share colonies with storks or herons. The African Spoonbill feeds in shallow water, and fishes for various fish, molluscs, amphibians, crustaceans, insects and larvae. The animal uses its open bill to catch foods by swinging it from side-to-side in the water, which catches foods in its mouth. Long legs and thin, pointed toes enable it to walk easily through varying depths of water. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Pelecaniformes
Family:
  Threskiornithidae
Genus:
  Platalea

Scientific:
  Platalea alba

Citation:
  Scopoli, 1786

Reference:
  Del.Flor.Faun.Insubr. 2 p.92

Protonym:
  Platalea alba

Avibase ID:
  F86BB1D3818BDB03

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/F86BB1D3

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 174935

Geographic range:

  • Platalea alba: Africa south of the Sahara and Madagascar
English:
African Spoonbill
Czech:
kolpík africký
German:
Afrikanischer Löffler
Danish:
Afrikansk Skestork
Spanish:
Espátula Africana
Finnish:
afrikankapustahaikara
French:
Spatule d'Afrique
Icelandic:
Afríkuspænir
Italian:
Spatola africana
Japanese:
afurikaherasagi
Japanese:
アフリカヘラサギ
Dutch:
Afrikaanse Lepelaar
Norwegian:
Afrikaskjestork
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Afrikaskeistork
Polish:
warzęcha czerwonolica
Portuguese:
Colhereiro-africano
Russian:
Белая колпица
Slovak:
lyžičiar ružovonohý
Swedish:
afrikansk skedstork
Ukrainian:
Косар африканський
Chinese:
非洲琵鹭


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 00:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 01:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 02:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 03:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 04:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Spatule d'Afrique ( Platalea alba)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Spatule d'Afrique ( Platalea alba)
Clements 1st edition:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 3rd edition:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 4th edition:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (as published):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements, version 2015:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements, version 2016:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements, version 2017:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements, version 2018:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Clements, version 2019:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 1.50:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 1.52:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 1.53:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 1.54:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 1.55:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 2015:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 2016:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 2017:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 2018:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
eBird version 2019:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
James Lee Peters:
Platalea alba
James Lee Peters (original):
Platalea alba
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Platalea alba
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
African Spoonbill ( Platalea alba)
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Platalea alba
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Platalea alba

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Afrikaans: Lepelaar
Catalan: Bec planer africà, Becplaner africà
Catalan (Balears): Bec planer africà
Czech: Kolpík africký
Danish: Afrikansk Skestork
German: Afrika-Löffler, Afrikanischer Loffler, Afrikanischer Löffler, AfrikanischerLöffle, Rosenfußlöffler, Schmalschnabel-Löffler
English: African Spoonbill
English (IOC): African Spoonbill
English (Kenya): African Spoonbill
Spanish: Espátula Africana
Spanish (Spain): Espátula Africana
Spanish (HBW): African Spoonbill
Estonian: aafrika luitsnokk-iibis
Basque: Becplaner africà
Finnish: Afrikankapustahaikara
French: Spatule africaine, Spatule blanche d'Afrique, Spatule d’Afrique, Spatule d'Afrique
Galician: Becplaner africà , Cullereiro africano
Croatian: Afrička žličarka
Hungarian: Afrikai kanalasgém
Icelandic: Afríkuspænir
Italian: Spatola africana
Japanese: afurikaherasagi
Japanese: アフリカヘラサギ
Scientific: Paltalea alba, Platalea alba
Lithuanian: Afrikinė girnovė, Afrikos girnovė, Baltoji girnovė
Latvian: Āfrikas karošknābis
Malagasy: Sotrobevava, Sotromolotro, Sotrosogny, Sotrovava, Vangadrano
Dutch: Afrikaanse Lepelaar
Norwegian Nynorsk: Afrikaskeistork
Norwegian: Afrikaskjestork
Polish: warzecha czerwonolica, warzęcha czerwonolica
Portuguese: Colhereiro-africano
Portuguese (Portugal): Colhereiro-africano
Russian: Африканская колпица, Белая колпица, Колпица африканская, узкоклювая колпица
Slovak: Lyžičiar ružovonohý
Slovenian: afriška žličarka
Serbian: Afrički kašičar
Sotho, Southern: Molomo-khaba
Swedish: Afrikansk skedstork
Swahili: Domomwiko wa Afrika
Turkish: Afrika Kaşıkçısı
Ukrainian: Косар африканський
Chinese: 非洲琵鹭
Chinese (Traditional): 非洲琵鷺
Zulu: iNkenkane

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