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Spoonbills are large water birds, with flattened, spatulate bills that look like a spoon, or a “pi pa” (Chinese musical instrument). Despite its large size it only weighs about 1kg.

These birds use a tactile method of feeding, wading in the water and sweeping their beaks from side-to-side to detect prey. Here one has caught and will devour this shrimp.