This charmer was seen wading – and posing – at Merritt Island NWR.
Of the world’s six species of Spoonbills, the uniquely beautiful Roseate Spoonbill is the only one found in North America – and the only one that is pink! Like many other wading birds, Roseate Spoonbills were victims of the plume hunting trade in the late 19th century. They have also been threatened by pesticide use and habitat loss in the United States. Although their numbers have increased in recent decades (All About Birds), they are still considered a Threatened species in Florida (Florida Fish & Wildlife).The lovely Roseate Spoonbills are “resident breeders” in Central and South America and the Caribbean (Florida Fish & Wildlife), and can be found along coastal Texas, Louisiana, and Florida in the U.S.