restricted access Spoonbill and Ibis
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African Spoonbill L: 91 cm (36") |WS: 120–135 cm (47–53") A medium-sized, white waterbird with pink-red legs and bare face, and an odd and distinctive flattened, spoon-tipped bill, which is obvious even in flight . African Spoonbill occurs as an irregular visitor to Kruger, where it rarely breeds . It prefers large, quiet, shallow waterbodies and forages by swinging its head from side-to-side as it walks forward in the shallows, slicing its slightly open bill through the water, searching for small fishes and aquatic invertebrates . It may follow Hippopotamuses and Nile Crocodiles to eat creatures disturbed by their movements . Spoonbill and ibis 30 African Sacred Ibis L: 82 cm (32") |WS: 112–124 cm (44–49") Ibises are thick-legged, squat, stork-like birds with characteristic downcurved bills . The African Sacred Ibis is distinctive, with a white body, naked black neck and head, and a black bill . Black plumes on the back often look like a black feather-duster! The white parts often become quite soiled when the bird has been feeding in muddy places . In flight it has a distinctive shape, and the black head, neck, legs and trailing edge of the wing give it a unique pattern . Scarce but widespread in Kruger, numbers can fluctuate, and at the driest times it can be absent; it prefers wetland edges and lush grassland . BIRDS OF RIVERS AND WETLANDS 31 ...