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Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja ORDER: PELECANIFORMES FAMILY: THRESKIORNITHIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A bizarre wading bird of the southern coasts, the Roseate Spoonbill uses its odd bill to strain small food items out of the water. Its bright pink coloring leads many Florida tourists to think they have seen a flamingo.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
28–33.9 in
71–86 cm
Wingspan
47.2–51.2 in
120–130 cm
Weight
42.3–63.5 oz
1200–1800 g
Other Names
  • Spatule rosée (French)
  • Espátula rosada (Spanish)

Habitat


Marsh

Food


Fish

Nesting

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Credits

  • Dumas, J. V. 2000. Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja). In The Birds of North America, No. 490 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Range Map Help

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