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1 March 2017 Hybridization between the Black-Faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) and Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) in South Korea
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Hybridization within the genus Platalea has only been reported in captivity. A case of natural hybridization between two female Black-faced Spoonbills (Platalea minor) and a male Eurasian Spoonbill (P. leucorodia) was studied on a small breeding islet in Incheon, South Korea. The male Eurasian Spoonbill formed a pair with each Black-faced Spoonbill female during the 2012–2013 and 2014–2015 breeding seasons, respectively, and laid 11 eggs in total, producing nine successful hybrid offspring. Two fledglings were color-banded in 2013, and one of them returned to its natal site in 2015 and 2016. The hybrids had intermediate morphology between Black-faced and Eurasian spoonbills: larger body size and longer bill and legs than those of Black-faced Spoonbills, narrow band of black bare skin on the lore to the eyes, a small yellow naked chin and no bared throat.

In-Ki Kwon, Ki-Sup Lee, Ji-Yeon Lee, Jong-Hyun Park, and Jeong-Chil Yoo "Hybridization between the Black-Faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) and Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) in South Korea," Waterbirds 40(1), 77-81, (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.1675/063.040.0112
Received: 18 August 2016; Accepted: 1 September 2016; Published: 1 March 2017
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