The Ibises have long down curved bills, and usually feed as a group, probing mud for
food items, usually crustaceans. Most species nest in trees, often with spoonbills
The Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath
the body. Standing on one leg allow the birds to conserve
more body heat, as they spend a significant amount of time wading
in cold water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their
webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.
The Spoonbills have large, flat, spatulate bills and feed by wading through
shallow water, sweeping the partly-opened bill from side to side.
The moment any small aquatic creature touches the inside of the bill
[an insect, crustacean, or tiny fish] it is snapped shut. Spoonbills generally
prefer fresh water to salt but are found in both environments.
They need to feed many hours each day.