Roseate Spoonbills







Photography by Dee Puett

6 comments:

  1. These would totally be in my list of the top most-prehistoric-looking birds

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  2. They do sort of look like Hadrosaurs.

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  3. They do, but mostly they remind me a lot of the Istiodactylus pterosaur (formerly known as Ornithodesmus): http://www.fogato.com/illustrazioni/dinosauri/Ornithodesmus.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_R3alTV6BaSE/TSSb0nssoeI/AAAAAAAADHs/wLI36EdySW8/s1600/Ornithodesmus.jpg

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  4. I love to watch them swing their heads back and forth straining out food. These are the pinkest-purplest ones I've ever seen. I suppose their food affects the color as it does for flamingoes??
    Laura Hoopes

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  5. That's right, Laura, and in fact there's some overlap in the specific pigments involved for flamingos and spoonbills. According to the Birds of North America page on Cornell's website, age is also a factor in their color.

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