The spoonbill's beak is flat and spatulate, resembling the shape of a spoon. this enables it to feed with ease. when a fish, aquatic insect or a crustacean comes in contact with the surface of the 'spoon', the bill is snapped shut. Spoonbills usually eat for hours together on shallow waters. India has a single species- the Eurasian spoonbill, that grows a sparkling white crest in the breeding season.
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