Royal Spoonbill


Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)

De Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) is een lepelaar uit de familie van de Ibissen en lepelaars (Threskiornithidae).


Nederlandse naam:
Engelse naam:
Royal Spoonbill
Duitse naam:
Franse naam:
Spatule royale
Wetenschappelijke naam:
Platalea regia

Taxonomische indeling



Uiterlijke kenmerken:

The Royal Spoonbill is a large white waterbird with black, spatulate (spoon-shaped) bill, facial skin, legs and feet. During the breeding season, it has a distinctive nuchal (back of head or nape of neck) crest, which can be up to 20 cm long in male birds (usually shorter in females). The crest can be erected during mating displays to reveal bright pink skin underneath. Breeding adults also have a creamy-yellow wash across the lower neck and upper breast and a strip of bright pink skin along the edge of the underwings which is obvious when the bird opens its wings. The facial skin is black with a yellow patch above the eye and a red patch in the middle of the forehead, in front of the crest feathers.

Females are slightly smaller with shorter legs and bill. Out of breeding season, the nuchal crests are reduced, the underwing is not bright pink and the plumage is less brilliant, often appearing 'dirty'.

Young birds are similar to non-breeding adults without a crest or coloured face patches, and are slightly smaller with a shorter, smoother bill. 

Maten en Gewicht

Lengte man:
De man (woerd) van de Royal Spoonbill heeft een lichaamslengte van ongeveer 74-81 centimeters. De vrouw (pop) heeft een lichaamslengte van ongeveer 74-81 centimeters.
Gewicht man:
Het mannetje weegt ongeveer 1400-2070 gram. Het vrouwtje weegt ongeveer 1400-2070 gram.
Het gewicht is notoir variabel en kan alleen als indicatie worden gebruikt!

A solid bowl-shaped nest is built of sticks and twigs lined with leaves and water plants, and is usually placed in the crown of a tree over water or among high reeds and rushes. Nest sites may be reused year after year. Both sexes incubate the eggs and feed the young. When threatened at the nest, the adult birds will raise all their feathers to appear much larger and crouch down low over the nest. 

The birds are highly sensitive to disturbance in the breeding season!

Het vrouwtje Royal Spoonbill legt doorgaans zo'n 2-3 white to yellowish eieren het broeden duurt 21 dagen.

Aanbevolen passende ringmaat voor de Royal Spoonbill is 0 mm.
De gesloten pootring kan alleen aangebracht worden bij een jonge lepelaar van ongeveer 0 dagen oud.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it's good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male

Foto's van de Royal Spoonbill

Video's van de Royal Spoonbill