Herons, storks and ibises
Spoonbills are characterised by their flattened bills with spatulate tips which are swept from side to side, partly open, through shallow water to detect food. The glossy ibis is an increasingly frequent stray from southern Europe. Ibises are somewhat heron-like but have shorter necks, rounder (often bare) heads and more slender, curved bills. The sacred ibis, common in Africa, is the emblem of the British Ornithologists’ Union.
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