Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Order

CICONIIFORMES

Family

Ibises and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)

Code 4

ROSP

Code 6

PLAAJA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Roseate Spoonbill is a large wader that may be found in South America, the Caribbean and the Gulf coast of the United States. Nests are built in trees and mangroves. This species has long legs and a spatulate bill, with a body similar to that of the Flamingo. The Roseate Spoonbill feeds mainly on fish, crustaceans and shrimp. Food is caught in shallow fresh and coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side. This species often feed in colonies as well. Due to maintained or increasing populations, the conservation status of the Roseate Spoonbill is currently listed as Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Roseate Spoonbill: Large ibis, pink body, white upper back, neck. Long bill, gray and spatulate. Head is bare and olive-green. Feeds while wading in shallow water, sweeping its bill back and forth. Sensitive nerve endings snap bill shut when prey is found. Alternates steady wing beats, short glides.

 

Range and Habitat

Roseate Spoonbill: Resident along the Pacific Coast of Mexico south and along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Yucatan Peninsula. Also found in southern Florida and throughout the West Indies. May stray farther inland during migration. Preferred habitats include mangroves, saltwater lagoons, and large, shallow lakes.

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Roseate Spoonbill SONGS AND CALLS

Roseate Spoonbill C1

Low grunts and bill snaps.

Roseate Spoonbill C2

Deep grunting call from roosting birds.

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Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Roseate Spoonbill numbers declined in the early 1800's when the wings of this beautiful creature were made into fans.
  • Their pink color is a result of eating crustaceans that have fed on algae.
  • A group of roseate spoonbills are collectively known as a "bowl" of spoonbills.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Santiago Cornejo

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