Scientific Name: Ajaja ajaja
Colour: Pink, White, Red, Black
Life Span: 10 - 15 years
Location: Gulf Coast, Central and South America
Predator: Alligators, Coyotes, Humans
Prey: Minnows, Shrimp, Insects
Size (H): 60cm - 80cm (23.6in - 31.4in)
Wingspan: 110cm - 130cm (43in - 51in)
Weight: 1.2kg - 1.8kg (2.6lbs - 4lbs)
Habitat: Shallow wetlands and mangrove swamps
Fun Fact: The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!
Roseate Spoonbill Classification and Evolution
The Roseate Spoonbill is a large species of wading Bird, found from the Gulf Coast of the United States to Argentina at the tip of South America. The Roseate Spoonbill is one of six Spoonbill species found across the world, and although they all inhabit warmer, tropical climates, the Roseate Spoonbill is the only one that is found in the western hemisphere. Like all Spoonbill species, the Roseate Spoonbill is named for it's spatula shaped beak, which becomes flatter and broader towards the end, allowing the Roseate Spoonbill to scoop food out of the water with ease. They are closely related to other large wading Birds including, Herons, Storks and Egrets and are often mistaken in Florida for Flamingoes, particularly by tourists.