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Roseate Spoonbill

About Roseate Spoonbill

These birds are large brilliant pink wading birds with darker pink wings; and bright red highlights on inner leading edge of wing and just above tail; long red legs, bare green skin on head, broad, flattened greenish-yellow bill which widens to a spatula like shape at tip.

Each pair of Roseate Spoonbill birds build an untidy nest of sticks, lined with soft vegetation. They nest in the tops of trees. The female will lay 2-5 dull, dirty-white eggs, spotted brown, that are taken care of by both parents for 21-24 days.

This bird is a very friendly bird nesting, feeding, and roosting in flocks, often in the company of other wading birds.

Early in the 20th century the birds were hunted and slaughtered to obtain their beautiful feathers for the plume trade. The wings were made into fans.