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About the Roseate Spoonbill

The Roseate Spoonbill is a large species of wading bird that lives in coastal areas of the southeastern United States and parts of South America.

One of six spoonbill species found around the world, the Roseate Spoonbill is the only spoonbill that lives in the Americas.

Adult Roseate Spoonbills in breeding plumage have gold-buff bare heads. Otherwise the head is greenish. The large pink body really stands out and makes the Roseate Spoonbill a beautiful and striking bird of the south!

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 September 2011
Scientific Name Platalea ajaja
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Platalea
  • P. ajaja
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 16 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
31 to 32 inches
47 to 51 inches
53 ounces
Range South Africa North America Central America South America United States (East)

International Names

  • Colhereiro (Brazilian)
  • kolpík ružový (Czech)
  • Rosaskestork (Danish)
  • Rode Lepelaar (Dutch)
  • ruusukapustahaikara (Finnish)
  • Spatule rosée (French)
  • Rosalöffler (German)
  • Spatola rosata (Italian)
  • ベニヘラサギ [beniherasagi] (Japanese)
  • Rosenskjestork (Norwegian)
  • warzecha rózowa (Polish)
  • Колпица розовая (Russian)
  • Espátula Rosada (Spanish)
  • Rosenskedstork (Swedish)

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