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Royal spoonbill

royal spoonbill

Royal spoonbill, Platalea regia, IMG 9220A - During the breeding season, males of the species, such as the one shown here, develop long plumes on the back of the head and display their crowning glory to impress a prospective mate. This bird was photographed, in the wild, in the botanic gardens in the Queensland city of Bundaberg.

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