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    Roseate Spoonbill Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Roseate Spoonbills are medium-sized waterbirds with a football-shaped body and long legs. The long bill that is flattened into a spoon at the end protrudes from their small head. They fly with their long necks outstretched and often rest with it curled into an S.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a White Ibis, smaller than a Great Blue Heron.

      Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 27.9-33.9 in (71-86 cm)
        • Weight: 42.3-63.5 oz (1200-1800 g)
        • Wingspan: 47.2-51.2 in (120-130 cm)