|Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)
(aka Ajaia ajaja)
The Roseate Spoonbill is the only spoonbill in the New World. It is also the only pink member of the six species family.
It is found from the southern USA to northern Argentina but is generally absent from the west coast of South America except in Ecuador and northern Peru.
|It feeds mainly on small fish and shrimps which it hunts by feel using the vibrator sensors in its bill so that, when prey enters the open bill, it snaps shut. The pink colouring is derived from the carotenoids of the shrimp.
The population of Roseate Spoonbills is declining in the Pantanal due to predation of eggs and chicks by the Crested Caracara (Polyborus plancus). The Spoonbill is less able to defend its nest from the Caracara than the sharper billed herons and storks.
|The 4th photo shows an almost white immature asleep.|