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Roseate spoonbill

Platalea ajaja


The Roseate spoonbill is a long-legged wading bird with pink plumage and a large distinctive spoon-shaped bill. The two in the first picture were bathing. Pics 4-6 they are drying their wings. Pic 5 has an American white ibis and a Snowy egret (top right) as well. They obtain their pink color from their diet. (See reference for more detail).


Spotted at the South Padre Island Birding And Nature Center. There are several types of habitats here including salt and freshwater marsh, intertidal mudflat, wetland, and thickets.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you much, Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Oh wow, I've never seen this species before. Lovely pink. Great photos and spotting :)

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South Padre Island, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 17, 2020
Submitted on Dec 29, 2020

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