Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor

The Black-faced Spoonbill is the most range-restricted of all spoonbills and is threatened by loss of suitable breeding sites, habitat loss, pollution and a pretty bad breeding success rate. This species was on the verge of extinction 20 years ago, but the population has rebounded somewhat due to protection of the islets that it breeds on. Its survival is still in the balance, but recent trends are encouraging and perhaps its conservation status will be changed from endangered to vulnerable in the near future.

Factsheet: Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor (EN)


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Vishal Bhatia

I have seen it at various places in India, in fairly large numbers. One such place is Ranganthittu National Park, Myssore. Wher one can see them breeding.