Yellow-billed SpoonbillScientific name: Platalea flavipes

Meaning of name: Platalea is Greek for Spoonbill. Flavipes is from the Latin words flavus, meaning yellow, and pes, meaning foot.

Distribution: Widespread in Australia near water.

Description: Up to 92cm long.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 568km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in October 1990, 11.8 months after being banded (information as at 13 June 2012).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme