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Roseate Spoonbill



The Roseate Spoonbill is 71–86 cm (28–34 in) long, with a 120–133 cm (47–52 in) wingspan and a body mass of 1.2–1.8 kg (2.6–4.0 lb).[4] The tarsus measures 9.7–12.4 cm (3.8–4.9 in), the culmen measures 14.5–18 cm (5.7–7.1 in) and the wing measures 32.3–37.5 cm (12.7–14.8 in) and thus the legs, bill, neck and spatulate bill all appear elongated.[5] Adults have a bare greenish head ("golden buff" when breeding[6]) and a white neck, back, and breast (with a tuft of pink feathers in the center when breeding), and are otherwise a deep pink. The bill is grey. There is no significant sexual dimorphism. Like the American Flamingo, their pink color is diet-derived, consisting of the carotenoid pigment canthaxanthin. Another carotenoid, astaxanthin, can also be found deposited in flight and body feathers.[7] The colors can range from pale pink to bright magenta, depending on age and location. Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. They alternate groups of stiff, shallow wingbeats with glides.[8] [edit] Behavior


This species feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish ignored by larger waders. In the United States a popular and easy place to observe Roseate Spoonbills is "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Roseate Spoonbills has to compete for food with Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Tricolored Herons, and American White Pelicans.



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MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

Thanks , I was out kayaking and came upon some, I feel lucky I got this picture

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Love the color from below, lit from above!! Very beautiful! Great series!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

nice series!

MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

done Nancy, Guess that Heron didnt want to be left out,
and yes this I believe is the same one,he was the last to leave and the 1st one I saw who caught my eye, but there was about 8 that surprised us and took off on us all about the same time

KarenL 9 years ago

Great series Michelle!

auntnance123 9 years ago

Yor first pic is very cool. Are the other spoonbills the same bird as the overhead pic? The third pic is a great egret and should be deleted from this spotting (even though it it's a fine photo).

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Sanibel, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2012
Submitted on May 15, 2012


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