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Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Ciconiiformes - Threskiornithidae - Spoonbills & Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill - Day 6

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Distribution: SE USA amd West Indies through Mexico and C America to S America: E of Andes, S to N Argentina; W of Andes in W Ecuador and NW Peru

Habitat: Tidal ponds, mangrove swamps and other coastal areas; less often inland, on pools, marshes and rice fields

Diet: Small fish and crustaceans, insects, molluscs and slugs; some plant material.

Breeding: Colonial nesters; nest is a platform of sticks and twigs lined with grass and other soft vegetation.

Clutch size: 2-3 eggs

Incubation: 22 Days

Fledge age: Around 6 weeks

Maturity: 3 Years


Protocol from Sedgwick County Zoo

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Protocol established 2001
Used on 6 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1992). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol1. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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