The Roseate Spoonbill is a gregarious wading bird of the Ibis and Spoonbill family, Threskiornithidae. It is a resident breeder in Southern Florida. Feeding primary on small aquatic animals such as fish and crustaceans. This bird species inhabits estuaries, marshes, and mangrove swamps along coastal areas. The pink coloration of spoonbill feathers is caused by an abundance of carotenoids, or algae pigments, present in the food the birds eat. The population is also threatened by loss of habitat due to drainage and pollution.
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