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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

From the archive. Photographed at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on January 24, 2009.

Whatbird: Large ibis with pink body and white upper back and neck. Bill is long, gray, and spatulate. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is white with a hint of pink and has yellow bill.  Found on the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, and southern Florida; also in the American tropics. Preferred habitats include mangroves, saltwater lagoons, and large, shallow lakes.

Roseate Spoonbill numbers declined in the early 1800’s when the wings of this beautiful creature were made into fans.  Their pink color is a result of eating crustaceans that have fed on algae.

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