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Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja


Gregarious wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family.


Gulf Coast of the United States


The Roseate Spoonbill is 80 cm (31 in) tall, with a 120–130 cm (47–51 in) wingspan. It has long legs, a long neck, and a long, spatulate bill. Adults have a bare greenish head ("golden buff" when breeding) 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. 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.

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83 Comments (1–25)

MichelleMccracken 10 years ago

Thank You, got this while kayaking at cockroach bay inTampa they are beautiful birds

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 10 years ago

Wonderful shot!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

great spotting!

MichelleMccracken 11 years ago

Thank you very much

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Splendid shot !

MichelleMccracken 11 years ago

And yes these birds are one of my favorites I love spotting them , always a treat

MichelleMccracken 11 years ago

Thank you

MichaelFoisy 11 years ago

Wow, what a beautiful bird!

MichelleMccracken 11 years ago

Oh Thank You, for your comment

patty 11 years ago

Amazing series and bird. Congratulations and thank you for sharing =)

MichelleMccracken 11 years ago

Thanks again every1. I never get tired of seeing these

OnengDyah 11 years ago

Great picture and beautiful bird...

Nitch 11 years ago

amazing shots... :-)

Piali Bopanna
Piali Bopanna 11 years ago

They have such a lovely color

MichelleMccracken 12 years ago

I love these birds. They r beautiful in so many ways

DonnaPomeroy 12 years ago


CeciliaTraconis 12 years ago

That is a beautiful bird.

LucBertrand 12 years ago

Congratulations Michelle! Wow! What an incredible bird !

EriolSyaoran 12 years ago

So beautiful!

Atul 12 years ago

superb series and congrats for sotd!!

MichelleMccracken 12 years ago

Thank You , These are one of my favorites to spot and I never tire of photographing them, or just sitting and watching them, Thanks Again, I did very well in the contest, I lost to Paul Hassell a Professional Photographer by about 17 votes, for me it was an honor to have just been picked as a finalist in the contest

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 12 years ago

Congratulation Michelle for the SOTD....The photograph deserve to be.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago


Yasser 12 years ago

Michelle, we were disappointed you didn't win the NWF photo challenge and wanted to make sure your photo earned the recognition it deserved. Congratulations for capturing a beautiful series.

AntónioGinjaGinja 12 years ago

perfect spot,congratulations

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Tampa, Florida, United States

Spotted on Aug 6, 2011
Submitted on Sep 27, 2011

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