Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

These birds are not flamingos, but are pink due to the carotenoid pigment found in the food they eat. Their name comes from the shape of their bill, which looks like a spoon.

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ORIGIN:
Southern United States and South America

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HABITAT:
Fresh and salt wetlands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
3 lbs
Length: Avg 50 in wingspan
Height: Avg 30 in

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DIET:
Smalll fish, shrimp, insects, snails and slugs

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PREDATORS:
Birds of prey, raccoons and fire ants

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Nest in colonies

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REPRODUCTION:
Lays 3 eggs; Incubation 22-24 days

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THREATS:
Least Concern but for Florida, where habitat loss is decreasing populations

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 10 yrs

GALLERY

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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