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Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja


The Roseate Spoonbill is a large bird, with a unique bill shape, and gorgeous plumage with shades of pink, as pictured. In size, it is similar to a flamingo, with similar coloring. It as well has a bald (no feathers) head and neck.


These birds were spotted in the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island off the west coast of Florida. They were feeding off the shallow bottom, in a mangrove area and saltwater lagoon. Interestingly enough, these birds are found as far south as the eastern Andes to central Argentina in south America, according to on-line sources.


They appear to be very social, as we spotted as many as 13 at one time. We were treated to an interesting display of splashing (2nd photo above) and wallowing in the shallow water, after which the birds preened (third and forth photos) and held their wings out to dry (first and fifth photos). They made quite a bit of noise as they splashed, which caught our attention.

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Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 4 months ago

Thanks, Leducky...comment appreciated.

leducky300 4 months ago

Beautiful bird !!! Thank you for put this up going to do research on it .

Florida, USA

Lat: 26.46, Long: -82.12

Spotted on Dec 20, 2016
Submitted on Dec 30, 2016

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