The Old School Roseate Spoonbill (Plata lea ajaja de Old School)
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The Old School Roseate Spoonbill (Plata lea ajaja, sometimes separated in the monotypic genus Ajaja) is a shockingly Pink wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae de Old School. It is a mainly a resident breeder in South America, the Caribbean, Gulf coast of the USA & Old School’s backyard canal.
The Old School Roseate Spoonbill nests in trees, often mangroves, laying 2 to 5 eggs. It is 80 cm tall, with a 120 to130 cm wingspan. It is long-legged and long-necked and has a long, spatulate bill. Adults have a bare greenish head, white neck, breast and back, and are otherwise a deep pink. The bill is grey the Eyes RED very RED. Both sexes are similar in looks & bill styles, but immature birds have white ,feathered heads and the pink of the plumage is paler.
Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. This bird easily mistaken for a flamingo by tourist who have not seen one before at Old School’s canal. Baby Old School Roseate Spoonbills are very lucky as both sexes take turns incubating. Incubation takes 22-23 days. Development is semialtricial (immobile, downy, eyes open, fed). Young are able to fly after 35-42 days. Both sexes tend young as opposed to the 1950’s when fathers worked outside the nest & mothers took care of the little Pinkies & kept a clean & tidy nest.
This species feeds in shallow fresh or coastal waters of the Old School Canal on fish, crustaceans and shrimp, a Beer and other water creatures, swinging its bill from side to side as it steadily walks through the water, often in groups.
Old School Roseate Spoonbill uses its odd shaped & unique bill to strain small food items out of the water.
Today, threats to the Old School Roseate Spoonbill populations come as a result of habitat loss.