Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

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Spoonbills feed by wading through shallow water with their bills partially submerged. As it walks, it swings its head back and forth in a sideways motion. When the bird feels a prey item, it snaps its bill closed, pulls the prey out of the water, and swallows it.

Most spoonbills are colonial breeders. Courtship displays include ritualized exchanges of nest material, dancing, and bill clapping. The female builds a strong cup nest of sticks and twigs utilizing materials brought to her by the male. The Florida population prefers to nest in red and black mangroves, sometimes in conjunction with wood storks and herons. The Texas and Louisiana populations often nest on the ground in off-shore islands mixed colonies with gulls, terns, and herons.


Small fish, amphibians, aquatic invertebrates and some plant material 

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