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.

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The bill is yellowish or pinkish.
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.
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  Like many other bird species with beautiful plumage, Old School Roseate Spoonbills were nearly hunted to extinction during the 1800s. Their striking pink feathers were popular on women's & Elton John's great uncle's hats and hunters from all over the United States competed for spoonbill plumes. In the early 1900s, Old School Roseate Spoonbills began to recolonize areas along the Gulf Coastland slowly increase in numbers.

Today, threats to the Old School Roseate Spoonbill populations come as a result of habitat loss.

SheLuvz2Fly says:
Gorgeous photos! They are such beautiful birds... thanks for the info on them..very interesting....and funny {except the treats to their population part}
Posted on: Dec 30, 2008
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