(Ajaja ajaja)

FUN FACT

The Roseate Spoonbill's pink color comes from what it eats -- a naturally occurring carotenoid pigment in the shells of crustaceans. In captivity, Flamingos and Spoonbills require a specially formulated diet to help them retain their distinctive color.

Distribution

South America east of the Andes Mountains, coastal regions of Central America, Mexico, and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Habitat

Shallow fresh and coastal waters.

Diet

Crustaceans, aquatic insects, small amphibians.

Breeding

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See the Roseate Spoonbill in our Wetlands of the Americas exhibit.