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Roseate Spoonbill feeding

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Roseate Spoonbills have a large spoon shaped bill. They feed in shallow water by swinging their bill back and forth through the mud and sand as they walk. Their bill allows them to sift for crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs and small fish. Pigment from the food they eat gets deposited in their feathers giving them a pink color.


Coastal flats, lagoons and marshes.


The attached video shows the unique feeding behavior of the Roseate Spoonbill. I filmed this scene while kayaking in the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands.

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Karen Hileman
Karen Hileman 10 years ago

Thanks Ava T-B. That looks like a really interesting mission. I'm heading over there to check it out now.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

This spotting should go in the Hunters and Animal Food Habits mission at The video is great.

Karen Hileman
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Karen Hileman

Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 12, 2012

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