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Roseate Spoonbill


Spoonbills are kind of like the perfect cross of pelican and flamingo. These birds sweep the water with their beaks from side to side and pick-up anything they touch. Their huge bills help to snatch up things like aquatic insects, worms, snails, tadpoles, and small fishes. Like a flamingo, Spoonbills are bright pink in color because of the different algae and things they eat. Spoonbills get this food in shallow lagoons, marshes, and lakes, which are often times drained for agricultural use or cleared for development. This habitat loss actually led to Spoonbills being protected in Florida. To help your Spoonbill friends, treat water like gold. Don’t dispose of trash in waterways.