Beak of the Week: Roseate Spoonbill

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we bring you a pink bird!

Pink Beauty!

Common Name: Roseate Spoonbill

Latin Name: Platalea ajaja

Range:  Parts of South America, Gulf Coast of the U.S., and coastal areas of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

Habitat: Marshlands, Coastal waters

Diet: Mainly small fish, shrimp, amphibians, and other small aquatic creatures

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Gorgeous in flight!

Interesting Facts about the superb Roseate Spoonbill!

  • The Roseate Spoonbill undoubtedly receives its common name from its uniquely shaped bill. The spooned-shape enables the bird to efficiently sift through mud to find food
  • Like the Flamingo, Roseate Spoonbills get their color from the food they eat, which contains the carotenoid pigment Canthaxanthin.
  • In the mid to late 1800s, the Spoonbill was on the brink of extinction in North America. They were hunted for their beautiful pink feathers used to make women’s accessories, including hats and fans
  • A group of Roseate Spoonbills is called a “bowl”
  • There are six species of Spoonbills in the world. The Roseate Spoonbill is the only one with pink plumage and the only one found on North and South America
Happy Birding!
Danielle + Michelle
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