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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

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Scientific Name:

Platalea ajaja


Southern USA bordering Mexican Gulf, Caribbean and South America


Small fish, small crustaceans, plants and insects.


Habitat:  Marsh-like areas, mangrove swamps, mud flats.

Incubation: 23 days, 3 eggs/reproductive season.

Social structure: groups up to thousands of couples.

Weight: max 1.8 kg.

Dimensions:  max 86 cm, wingspan: max1.30 m.

Lifespan: ~10 years.

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown, Stable.
IUCN Status: Least Concern.
Threats: Habitat loss due to coastal development, climate change and pollution.

Did you know that:

  1. It feeds by swinging its spoon-shaped bill from side to side. The bill has sensitive nerve endings, allowing it to detect when it comes into contact with prey.
  2. They get their pink color from the crustaceans they eat who in turn have fed on pink algae.
  3. There are six species of spoonbill in the world. The Roseate Spoonbill is the only one with pink plumage.

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