Roseate Spoonbill

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!

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 September 2011
Scientific Name
Platalea ajaja
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Platalea
  • P. ajaja
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
31 to 32 inches
47 to 51 inches
53 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Colhereiro
Czech (Cesky) kolpík ružový
Danish (Dansk) Rosaskestork
Dutch (Nederlands) Rode Lepelaar
Finnish (Suomi) ruusukapustahaikara
French (Français) Spatule rosée
German (Deutsch) Rosalöffler
Italian (Italiano) Spatola rosata
Japanese (日本語) ベニヘラサギ [beniherasagi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Rosenskjestork
Polish (Polski) warzecha rózowa
Russian (русский язык) Колпица розовая
Spanish (Español) Espátula Rosada
Swedish (Svenska) Rosenskedstork
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