Height: 36” (90 cm); wingspan: 14.4” – 15.9” (365 – 403 mm). African spoonbills are all white except for red legs and face and long grey spatulate bill. At birth, the African spoonbill’s beak does not resemble a spoon. It is born with a short beak that gradually develops into a spoon-like shape. It usually resembles a spoon right before it is time to leave its nest. It has no crest; immature birds lack the red face and have a yellow bill.