Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill
Platalea ajaja


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Threskiornithidae

Range

Southern United States, West Indies, Mexico, and Central to South America


Habitat

Freshwater and saltwater wetlands


Diet

Small fish, shrimp, crustaceans, mollusks, and other small aquatic animals

Weight

2.6 - 4 lbs.

Length

28 - 34 in.

Wingspan

47.2 – 51.2 in.

Incubation

22 - 24 days

Clutch

3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Its long straight bill with spatulate tip has sensitive nerves that help identify food in murky water and dim light.
  • The spoonbill can breathe while its bill is under water because its nares (nostrils) are located at the top of the bill.
  • Its hot pink highlights on its back and wings comes from the food the spoonbill eats, namely shrimp.
  • Of the six species of spoonbills, only the roseate spoonbill inhabits the Western Hemisphere.

 

Conservation

The spoonbill was nearly wiped out in the early 1900's by plume hunters who used the feathers for ladies hats. Through legal protection the species has slowly recovered.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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