God, I love spoonbills. 😍
These birds are among my most favorite. They're so unique-looking (honestly, I find them a bit cute in a way, haha), and when I look in their eyes (although all birds are technically dinosaurs), I'm instantly transported to some era lost in prehistory. (I wonder how long spoonbills have been around?) 🤔
Spoonbills can be found on every continent, save Antarctica, and there are six extant species. Their closest relatives are the ibises. They use their spatula-like bills to feed, leaving it slightly ajar as they wave it through shallow waters in an attempt to snag small fish and aquatic invertebrates. And their nostrils are located at the base of their bill, not the tip, so they can continue to breathe while their bill is submerged!
Anyway, that is all! Hope this impromptu post about spoonbills was informative and awe-inspiring! 😊 (Taken on a trip to the @bronxzoo, August 27th, 2015)
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