Roseate Spoonbill
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General description.

This proposterous looking bird is a magical wonder. 'Roseate' referring to the combination of reds - from brilliant pink wings and flank to crimson shoulder, to orange tail. 'Spoonbill' describes a long, straight bill with a broad spatulate tip. The Roseate Spoonbill is omniverous and wades in shallow water, partially submerged, as it moves that awsome probiscus from side to side, using its sense of touch to catch anything coming its way.

Juvenile appearance.

The younger spoonbill is pale pink and white.

Breeding habits.

The Roseate Spoonbill breeds and resides in Florida and the American tropics. They share

Calls or song.

The Spoonbill communicates with a series of croaks, grunts and clacking sounds.

Population and distribution.

Non-migratory, this bird spends all its time in the shallow waters of Florida Bay and parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Their numbers were decimated in the early part of the 20th Century by hunters after their gorgeous plumes. The Roseate Spoonbill is making a comeback due to protective laws.

Nesting habits.

Spoonbills lay 2-3 dull-white eggs, with dark spots, and in a untidy and bulky nest of sticks, which they place in a low bush or tree. These birds nest in colonies and even share breeding grounds with wood storks and egrets.

Similar birds:

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