Spoonbill (kotuku)


Spoonbills are an estuary bird where they can often be soon wandering through the shallows hunting for small fish and shellfish.


Spoonbills are one of NZs easiest to identify birds as they shockingly have a spoon shaped bill. The colour is white and they are the size of a small chicken.


Wikipedia, NZBirds.com, TeAra Encyclopia, Forest and Bird


Spoonbills are getting progressively more common in NZ having been established from Australia relatively recently. The first recorded breeding pair was found in 1949. They can be found throughout NZ but generally nest in only eight sites currently.

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2 COMMENTS POSTED about Spoonbill (kotuku)

David Barrett: (posted 2012-04-17 01:10:33)
These birds are in our swamp/estaury in Taieri Beach/Mouth. Is this on of the eight sites?thanksDavid

Judy Shone: (posted 2012-10-14 00:57:52)
Two spoonbills are regularly appearing in our mudflats between Moenui and Pukenui, just out of Havelock, Marlborough - September 2012.

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