Thursday, April 5, 2012
Spoonbills are any of several large wading birds, family. Threskiornithidae, named for their broadly flattened bills. The colorful roseate spoonbill, Ajala ajala, is about 80 cm (32 in) long and ranges from Argentina to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The adult roseate is mostly pink, with traces of crimson on the shoulders and white on the neck and back. The spoonbill breeds in colonies, and the female lays two three eggs. The white spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia, of the Old World acquires a bushy, ocher crest during the breeding season. Other species are found in Asia, Africa, and Australia.