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Roseate Spoonbill photo

Roseate Spoonbill takes flight in Florida (Photo: NASA)

Common name:

Roseate Spoonbill

Latin name:

Ajaja ajaja

Family:

Threskiornithidae

Length:

About 30"

Wing span:

50" +

Weight:

2.5-4 lbs (1200-1800 g)

Habitat:

Found along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Southern Florida, and in the Tropics/South American. Spoonbills prefer mangroves, saltwater lagoons and good-sized shallow lakes.

Notes:

The Roseate Spoonbill has bright pink coloring and is often mistaken for a flamingo. The distinctive spoonlike bill is long and flat.

Links:

All About Birds; Roseate Spoonbill
Smithsonian's: National Zoological Park

 

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