Estimated Wild Population
African spoonbills have striking white plumage, a featherless red face, and long red legs. Their elongated, thin beak ends in a flat, extended bulge resembling a spoon, which helps with capturing fish, crustaceans, and insects. They build nests made from sticks and leaves in trees above water. During breeding season, females lay three to five spotted eggs.
Interesting Fact 1
African spoonbills catch food by opening their bill in the water, sweeping it back and forth, and snapping at prey.
Interesting Fact 2
Their long legs and thin, pointed toes allow them to walk easily through varying depths of water.
Interesting Fact 3
These wading birds can have a nearly three-foot wingspan.
Commitment to Care
Lincoln Park Zoo prioritizes individual well-being over everything else. Guided by scientific research, staff and volunteers work to provide the best welfare outcomes for each individual in the zoo’s care.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.