My Love Of The Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Ever since I saw my first Roseate Spoonbill at Galveston State Park in Galveston, Texas I’ve been really fascinated with these comical beauties!!  These funny little birds used to be hunted for their plumes for ladies hats and things like that, even their meat sometimes from around 1850-90’s.  Then various groups like the Audubon Society got involved in their protection and in the 1940’s they finally were given protection – so happy people stepped up so I could see this creature today!   U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects them now.

They are wading birds whose colors get more intense with age…I kind of like that they getting prettier the older they get 🙂 . Why isn’t this the case with us people 🙂 !
Their wingspan can reach up to four feet, they get their coloring of pink and red due to the crustaceans they eat which have eaten algae. A group of Roseate Spoonbills is called a bowl-I wonder who thought up that one!
Flying in long, diagonal lines-fully extending their bodies-it’s quite the magical site to see!  They are they only type of Spoonbill found in the Americas.


Baby Roseate’s bills/beaks are not spoon-shaped when born…it’s a gradual change for them

Lifespan is generally between 10-15 years.  They typically don’t start breeding until age 3.



Bye for now my funny little bird friend!

Thanks for hanging out with me and the Roseate’s! You comments are always very appreciated 🙂 🙂 

Elizabeth and Co-Pilot Max



15 thoughts on “My Love Of The Roseate Spoonbill”

  1. Oh wow. At first, I was in love with the black and white photo. By the way, great capture B/W photos are a work in progress for me. But then when I got to the colored ones, I was blown away with their colors. These a very beautiful shots and very beautiful birds!! Great article. 🙂

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