Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Face Marking
Murray Mallee Region
Royal Spoonbill
Male, profile, showing 'teeth'
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Storks (Ciconiiformes)
Family: Ibis & Spoonbill (Threskiornithidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)
This Photo:     Male, anterior

Thank you Jason Graham for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Coastal Areas and possibly elsewhere
The two specimens here, photographed together, where different. We think the more orange eye brow was a male, as it had a larger bill, while the other was a female. Taken in November, they may have been coming out of breeding plummage?

Copyright © 2011-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Nov-2011
This species is classed as EN (Endangered) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)