Aviary Update: Roseate Spoonbill
The uniquely billed, Roseate Spoonbill is on many a Florida Birder’s Life List and is one of the most popular galleries in the Telephoto Florida Aviary.
Although widespread throughout Florida, the spoonbill is not a commonly seen bird and one has to make an effort to find them where they live and roost. Spoonbill can be found foraging in mudflats, marshes and mangroves from coastal St. Augustine to Sanibel and areas inland like Orlando’s Wetlands or Lakeland’s Circle B Preserve. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to catch this Florida beauty.
The Roseate Spoonbill is roughly 3 feet tall and has a wingspan of 4 feet. Like the American flamingo, their pink color comes from the carotenoid pigments in their diet. They are part of the Ibis family. The spatula or spoon-like bill is used to sweep through shallow muddy waters and snapping on small crustaceans, frogs, fish, insects that touch the sensitive bill.
Caution: Seeing this amazing bird for the first time has been known to make grown men cry (well at least a grown woman).
To see these and additional high resolution photos of the Roseate Spoonbill at the TPF Aviary CLICK HERE.