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30-32 in (76-81 cm) tall
Early in the 20th century their numbers were severely depleted by plume hunters, but with protective laws they have increased once again.
 Platalea vs. Ajaia
Many authorities (AOU, 2002; SACC, 2003; Clements, 2005) have placed this lone species in Platalea in light of Hancock et al. (1992) and Banks et al. (2002). Sibley & Monroe (1996) and Howard & Moore (2003) retain Roseate Spoonbill's monotypic placement in Ajaia.
Nests in mangrove trees.
A banded bird was found to be 16 years old in 2006, the oldest known individual.
The clutch consists of 2-5 eggs. It does not usually share colonies with storks or herons.
These birds spend much time feeding in the shallow waters of Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on shrimp, small fish, snails, and aquatic insects, which they detect by their sense of touch as they rhythmically sweep their "spoon-shaped" bills from side to side as they walk steadily through the water, often in groups.
Low croaks and clucking sounds.
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