The roseate spoonbill is a peculiar-looking bird inhabiting the marshes, mangroves, and mudflats of the Neotropics. It is unmistakable due to its pink body, red highlights on its wings and tail, and the signature spatulate bill of spoonbills.
They are gregarious birds, feeding in small groups and nesting in small mixed colonies with herons and egrets. They feed on small fish, aquatic critters, and sometimes aquatic vegetation.
In breeding plumage, the pink body plumage becomes more vibrant. They are monogamous and have elaborate courtship displays that incorporate aerial chases and males’ presentation of nesting materials before pair bonding. Both parents participate in nest building and parental care.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No