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Black-faced Spoonbill

Black-faced Spoonbill

Scientific name:
Platalea minor
Habitat:
Mudflats, estuaries, swamps and lakes.
Birdwatch note:
All white plumage with black legs and bill. While feeding moves spatulate bill back and forth in shallow water. Flies with neck outstretched. Rare winter migrant in Manila, Bulacan and Pangasinan last recorded in 1914.
Recent records: 1. Three birds recorded in Batanes in December 2001(DENR Region1).
2. Three birds recorded in Iwahig fishponds (Palawan) in December 2003 until September 2004. Recorded by Todd Pepper and Arnel Mallari.
3. One bird recorded in Batanes in December 2005 (Byron Peralta).
4. One bird recorded in Candaba Marsh in January 11, 2009 (Rey Sta. Ana) and in San Fernando (Pampanga) in February 6, 2009 (JP Carino).
Photo credit:
Rey Sta. Ana (left) and Jon Hornbuckle (right).