The Roseate Spoonbill is a bird you won't forget after seeing the first time due to the striking pink colors and unusual features. Even the Audubon Society describes it as "gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close" which is what I think most people think as well. As with so many other endangered birds, the Roseate Spoonbill was very common in parts of the southeast until the 1860s plume hunters virtually eliminated them. Their comeback from the brink of extinction is still threatened. I feel fortunate that I've seen them in a number of places in southwest Florida. They're an amazing sight to see when driving along and catching a glimpse of pink in shallow waters along the road.
They forage by wading in shallow water and sweeping their bill from side to side with mandibles slightly open detecting prey by feel. They eat mostly small fish, shrimp, crayfish, crabs, aquatic insects, mollusks, slugs and some plants. The Roseate Spoonbills breed during the winter in Florida and in the spring in Texas nesting in colonies. They nest in mangroves, tree, and shrubs above ground or water, and occasionally on the ground.