THRESKIORNITHIDAE,Threskiornithinae:Threskiornine Ibises and Spoonbills
$Platalea japonica Reichenow,1877,Journal für Ornithologie,25,p.159. New name for Platalea minor Temminck & Schlegel,1849.
lakes,marshes,reservoirs and other large,shallow inland waters;less often in coastal lagoons,salt pans,creeks & estuaries.
"W.Africa to Sudan laying peaks in dry season;E.&.C.Africa mostly in rains;S.Africa mainly winter to early spring."
Little known & probably nomadic throughout most of range and possibly migratory at least in southern Africa, where it wanders considerable distances. Ringing recoveries show distances of several hundred kilometres from Transvaal to Zambia. Apparently sedentary in Madagascar.Vagrants recorded in south Oman and south Yemen.