Roseate Spoonbill

Spoonbill

If your mouth was a spoon, you’d probably want to eat cereal or soup all day. But the Roseate Spoonbill walks around in shallow waters and moves it’s head from side to side, when a little fish swims by, they SNAP their bills close and swallow it down. Their spoonbills are very sensitive to vibrations, so they can “feel” the fish/crustacean/insect/worm/amphibian moving nearby.

People confuse the Roseate Spoonbill with Flamingos because they are both pink. Two comments on that:

1. Flamingos are a rarer bird to see int he wild.

2. Neither bird enjoys being confused as the other. They are quite vain that way.

They both get their pink hue from eatingĀ Canthaxanthin, which is in the water and the things they eat in the water. They are confident, attractive, and never wear hats.