August 4, 2022
What do you know about kolpitsa?
In the Krasnodar and Krasnoyarsk Territories, on the territory of the republics of Tuva and Khakassia, there is an unusual bird that looks like a stork, an ibis and a pelican at the same time. This is the hubcap. Its most amazing distinguishing feature is its beak, which looks like a sugar tongs. It has a long, straight, flattened shape with a spoon-shaped expanded top.
Since the spoonbill is a wading bird, it prefers to settle near shallow reservoirs. By itself, she is a very social bird, it is impossible to meet her alone. With all her love for "communication", she prefers to remain silent, although she can sing. And the unusual shape of the beak is needed by the cap for hunting. During feeding, she keeps her unusual beak half-open in the water and constantly moves it from side to side, filtering liquid and soft silt.
In total, there are 6 species of spoonbills in the world fauna. Currently, the total number of these rare birds in Russia is estimated at about 2.5 thousand pairs.
In its natural habitat, a spoonbill can live up to 16 years.
In the 19th century, pink spoonbills were hunted massively by people. The reason for this interest was their bright plumage, which was highly valued and was the reason that poachers destroyed almost the entire population.
The kolpitsa is depicted on the coat of arms of the Selivanovsky district of the Vladimir region and the Shakhovsky district of the Moscow region. And she's never been there.
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