Kan: Chamachadha kokku
Tamil: Karandi mukh narai
Tamil (Sri Lanka) Chappai chundan
Telugu: Gent muku konga
Hindi: Chamach baza
Bengali: Chinta, Khunte bak
The long flat spoon shaped beak/bill catches your attention. This bird preys in shallow water. It moves mining the area in front in semi-circles. It rakes up the matter with the bill tip and uses its wide flat bill as a sieve. Feeds on tadpoles, frogs, molluscs, insects & vegetable matter. Mmmm, interesting menu card.
Both sexes look alike. This guy stood on one feet for a long time.
- Snow-white body
- Long black legs
- Yellow-buff patch on lower neck (prominently visible)
- Yellow throat patch (seen in the pic below)
- Long white pointed plumes during breeding
- Long flat spoon shaped black bill with yellow tip
The calls are low grunt and clattering of the mandibles.
Found throughout the Indian sub-continent. Nests July to Nov (later in South India). The eggs are 4, dull white, spotted and blotched with deep red.
All snaps at Ranganthittu bird sanctuary, Dec 31st 2005.