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Roseate spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Description:

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).

Habitat:

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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2 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 4 weeks ago

Thank you much, Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 weeks ago

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

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

South Padre Island, Texas, United States

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

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