Roseate Spoonbill


Roseate Spoonbill:

"Roseate Spoonbill"

Roseate Spoonbill

Scientific Name: Platalea ajaja

Wing Span : up to 133 cm

Length : up to 86 cm

Weight : up to 1.8 kg

roseate spoonbill facts

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  • The Roseat Spoonbill's pinkish color is diest-derived meaning it is caused by what they eat , consisting of the carotenoid pigment canthaxanthin & astaxanthin
  • Their age location breeding season and diets high in these carotenoids is why many Roseat Spoonbill's color range from pale pink to bright magenta
  • They feed mainly on crustaceans, frogs, newts and smaller fish in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the waters often in groups which is interestingly known as a bowl of spoon bills.
  • The Roseat Spoonbill nests in shrubs or trees laying 2-5 whitish with brown markings eggs at a time. If left alone baby birds are sometimes killed by turkey vultures bald eagles raccoons and fire ants..
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