Roseate Spoonbill
Name: Roseate Spoonbill
Scientific name: Ajaia ajaja
Range: Coastal areas and offshore islands from Florida to Northern South America
Habitat: marshes, ponds, swamps, rivers
Status: Threatened 
Diet in the wild: Small fish, some plant material, amphibians, aquatic amphibians, insects, crustaceans
Diet in the zoo: Small fish
Location in the zoo: The Texas Wild Exhibit 
Physical description:
  • Color: Pink and white
  • Neck and back: White
  • Eyes and feet: Red
  • Tail feathers: Yellow,orange
  • Head: Bare (no feathers),  gray and spoon-like shaped
  • Length: 26-31 inches
  • Weight: 2.6-3.9 pounds
  • Bill: 6-7 inches in length
                                           General information:
Roseate spoonbills live mostly in swamplands and anywhere where aquatic plants may exist.  These birds are often seen in small groups in areas where there are very shallow  waters. They can also be found flying in small flocks of their kind.  Rosette Spoonbills are colony nesters and are often found with other heron species.  They breed in trees and lay  three to five eggs.  The nest of these birds is made of sticks and  twigs. These nests are usually found in trees, bushes and sometimes on the ground.

Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:

One of the greatest characteristics that these Roseate Spoonbill's have is the way they feed. The Spoonbill's have a very long bill that is shaped like a spoon.  These birds move their beaks back and forth, which allows the bird to catch its prey. In addition, these birds also make very weird noises when they eat. 

Comments about the Spoonbills 
of the Fort Worth Zoo:
Since the zoo keepers are always very busy, I did not have the opportunity to speak to them. Therefore,  I really do not know anything specific about the birds at the Fort Worth Zoo, but one thing I do know for sure  is that they ar very friendly to visitors.  They enjoy for people to walk around in the exhibit and they are never frightened. 

Personal Observations:

The Roseate Spoonbills seem to be very social birds.  They were always in groups and they were not afraid of people.  They are nice, beautiful birds that do not mind to have humans as company.

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