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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the subfamily Plateinae— the spoonbills.
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It is also a spring nesting area for Mediterranean and African birds including spoonbill Platalea leucorodia (1100) and the shallow lagoons become a feeding place for up to 10,000 greater flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber which during wet spells also nest in the area.
The area is one of the most important wintering grounds for hundreds of thousands of European spoonbill Platalea leucorodia leucorodia and gull-billed terns Gelochelidon nilotica.
Other waterbirds found on Lake Eyasi include yellowbilled stork Mycteria ibis, African spoonbill Platalea alba, avocet Recurvirostra avosetta and greyheaded gull Larus cirrocephalus.
The wetlands of the Tuz, Van and Urumiyeh basins in Turkey and Iran support important breeding colonies of waterfowl, notably the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus rubber), great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), and glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).
They include Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor), and little gull (Larus minor).
It provides critical habitat for black-faced spoonbills (Platalea minor) and important wintering habitat for other waterbird species.
It is also nationally important for breeding African spoonbills (Platalea alba) and purple swamp-hens (Porphyrio porphyrio).
About 55 pairs share their small breeding area with royal spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia regia) and spotted shags (Phalacrocorax punctatus).
Species such as the Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) and Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) have there largest breeding populations in the Pantanal and time their reproduction to coincide with a period of high prey abundance.
The eggs were laid on a pad of feathers of _Platalea leucorodia_ and _Tantalus leucocephalus_, which were breeding on the same trees, the young birds being nearly fledged; the greatest number of eggs in any one nest was five.
The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 Allan Octavian Hume 1870