Emu Emu Society
Journal of BirdLife Australia

Feeding behaviour of Spoonbills at Lake Cowal, NSW

WJM Vestjens

Emu 75(3) 132 - 136
Published: 1975


The feeding behaviour of the Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes and the Royal Spoonbill P. regia at Lake Cowal, NSW, was studied between 1970 and 1972. The Yellow-billed Spoonbill occurred throughout the year; the Royal Spoonbill was rare or absent from June to September. Feeding behaviour and success are described; contents of twenty-eight stomachs of Yellow-billed and of twenty of Royal Spoonbills are reported. In contrast with the Royal Spoonbill, the Yellow-billed has a longer and narrower bill, simpler and slower methods of feeding and takes more arthropods, fewer fish and less non-animal matter.


© Royal Australian Ornithologists Union 1975

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