The only endangered species of spoonbills is the Black-faced Spoonbill, and this species also has the most restricted distribution range of any spoonbill species. In the 1950s the population of this species was reduced to 300 in the wild. A large number of wild eggs were harvested immediately after the Korean war, which was likely…Continue reading Black-faced Spoonbills increase!!
Two new papers in the recently-completed March 2017 issue of the journal Waterbirds explore the biology and behaviour of spoonbills. Csaba Pigniczki documents a fascinating feeding behaviour of the Eurasian Spoonbill that was presented with the problem of a large frog that did not want to be swallowed. Csaba writes of how observations showed that…Continue reading Spoonbill work featured in the Mar 2017 issue of “Waterbirds”
Many Ibis species have bare heads. While it is commonly thought that this somehow helps them with keeping cool, studies to demonstrate this have been absent. Until now. Ismael Galván at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Doñana Biological Station in Spain, and his colleagues, decided to put this hypothesis to test. For this, they used…Continue reading Dark-coloured Ibises cannot keep a cool head! Or can they?
Eurasian Spoonbills are among the most easily identifiable bird species in the world. Their unique, spatulate bill and their sweeping method of foraging is well known to many, expert and novice alike. An equally unique group of people have come together to keep an eye on the well-being of the Eurasian Spoonbill – a widely…Continue reading The ESIEG