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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill
The Roseate Spoonbill is a gregarious wading bird of the ibis family. It is a resident breeder in South America mostly east of the Andes, and in coastal regions of the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast of the United States. Like the American Flamingo, their pink color is diet-derived. 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. This species feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters by swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud. It feeds on crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, newts and very small fish ignored by larger waders. Taken a Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

Eunice Perkins, Rainer Blankermann, cammino, Puzzler4879 and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
Outstanding, Kris!

Your image was seen in
Natures Kingdom Group
and deserves this award

NK AWARD
Thank You
2 years ago.
Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann
Your spoonbill has a much nicer color than the fellows I have seen in the German zoos! Thanks for sharing!
For the Cure:
Think Pink!
Breast Cancer Awareness!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
A really attractive bird!
2 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image Kris, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
4 months ago.