pink wings, otherwise whitish plumage; reddish legs (Zoo; 2011-11-20)

Roseate Spoonbill
Platalea ajaja

Native Range: North America and Latin America

Notes: distinctive spatulate bill (as in all other spoonbill species); forages with head down, swinging its bill sideways back-an-forth through the water and strainiig out small food items; no sexual dimorphism.

large spatulate bill (Zoo; 2011-11-20)

pair, with one yawning (Florida, USA; 2007-12-29)

amount of pink depends in part on the bird's diet (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

flying in a line (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

small group in flight (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

standing on a dead roosting tree (Texas, USA; 2006-04-06)

red iris; bare foredead and eye area; black behind eye (Zoo; 2011-11-20)

posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2011-11-20)

spoon-shaped bill (Zoo; 2011-11-20)

showing open bill (Zoo; 2011-11-20)