African Spoonbill

February 18, 2021

There’s a new addition at Regenstein African Journey! On Friday, January 22, an African spoonbill chick hatched to pair Luke and Annabelle. The chick is doing well and continues to surpass critical milestones.

Incubation time is around three weeks. Once the chick hatches, it’s only a little bit of time before the youngster is full grown. In about just six weeks, the chick will be full grown and ready to leave the nest.

This new addition is Luke and Annabelle’s second offspring. Their first offspring, Lucia, hatched last June amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. African spoonbills sometimes live in large groups, so there is plenty of space for Luke, Annabelle, and their two offspring at Regenstein African Journey.

This unique species has striking white plumage, a featherless red face, and long red legs. Their elongated beak ends in a flat, extended bulge resembling a spoon, which helps with capturing food.

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