Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja
Least Concern
Platalea ajaja

Characteristics and Behavior:

The Roseate Spoonbill is a unique wading bird species, easily recognizable for its physical appearance and interesting behaviors. It has distinctive pink feathers, a spoon-shaped bill, and a bald head with a greenish-yellow patch. It's known for its feeding behavior, in which a roseate will wade through shallow water and use its unique bill to sift through the mud to find small fish, crustaceans, and insects. The Roseate Spoonbill is a social bird, often found in groups of up to 20 individuals. During the breeding season, they may form large colonies of up to 1000 pairs.



Fun Facts:

  1. The Roseate Spoonbill's pink coloration comes from the pigments in the small crustaceans that make up a large part of their diet.
  2. They are sometimes called "flamingos of the Americas" because of their similar appearance to the more well-known pink birds.
  3. In the 1800s, the Roseate Spoonbill was hunted for its feathers, which were popular for use in ladies' hats. This hunting, along with habitat loss, led to a decline in their population, but conservation efforts have helped to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

Other Information

How to help

Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology