Roseate Spoonbill Reflections taken on the Bayou, Houston, Texas. During their breeding period their legs and plumage turn dark pink with a hint of yellow. During their non breeding period they are a dull pink and their legs are grey. The transformation is amazing.
The Roseate Spoonbill, a large wading bird with pink plumage and a distinctive spatulate bill, is one of the most striking birds found in North America.
Breeding in the United States is restricted to coastal Texas, southwestern Louisiana, and southern Florida. Their breeding range extends south from Florida through the Greater Antilles to Argentina and Chile. They inhabit marshes, swamps, ponds, and rivers within their range, feeding in both fresh and saltwater wetlands. Highly gregarious, Roseate Spoonbills breed and travel in flocks.
Most spoonbills do not breed until they enter their third year. Courtship displays include ritualized exchanges of
nest material, dancing and bill clapping. Copulation occurs at the nest si...