French: Petite Spatule German: Schwarzgesichtlöffler Spanish: Espátula menor
Temminck and Schlegel
Breeding currently known only from NE Russia (S Primorsky Krai)#R, N & S Korea, and NE China (Liaoning; suspected elsewhere in NE China). Winters in Vietnam, S China, Hainan and Taiwan, occasionally in Japan; recent records from Thailand, Philippines, Macau and inland China#R. Formerly more widespread breeder in E Asia, range now much reduced.
60–78·5 cm; 1228 g; wingspan 110 cm. Differs from P. leucorodia (with which sometimes forages in winter) in smaller size, facial pattern (black skin... read more
Generally silent, but during breeding season gives guttural “ubuu ubuu”.
Marshes, wet rice fields, mangroves, fish ponds, tidal mudflats and estuaries. Nests on small... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish (up to 20 cm in length), shellfish, insects and crustaceans, including crabs and shrimps; 19 species of fish and six shrimp... read more
Overall season Mar–Aug. Laying recorded in Jul in Korea and NE China, but latter at least were second clutches; chicks from first... read more
Migratory; arrives in Korea in Mar, and sometimes departs as late as Nov, though immatures may... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously regarded as Critically Endangered, but since downlisted. Population currently considered by BirdLife International to be stable at c. 1600 mature... read more
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