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African spoonbill (Platalea alba), Saadani national park, Tanzania

The species is widespread across Africa and Madagascar. 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.

Year: 2016

From album: Linking Tourism & Conservation in East- and South Africa

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Africa East fauna Grid National Parks South wildlife

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