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FAMILY BIRDS

Threskiornithidae

Large wading birds active near slow-flowing rivers, still lakes or brackish water. A gregarious family often spotted feeding and roosting together. In Manú the Roseate Spoonbill is particularly distinctive with an almost flamingo appearance.

 


Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

Appearance:

  • Adults have a bare greenish head and a white neck, back, and breast (with a tuft of pink feathers in the center when breeding), and are otherwise a deep pink.
  • Like flamingos, the pink colour comes from their diet.
  • The legs, bill, neck and bill all appear elongated.
  • The bill is straight and flattened.
  • It is 71 to 86cm long with a 120 to 133cm wingspan, and weighs 1.2 to 1.8kg.

Behaviour:

  • Spends the day feeding on a wide range of invertebrates and small vertebrates.
  • They hunt by swinging the bill from side to side in shallow water.
  • At night, they roost in trees near water.
  • It is a gregarious wading bird. The spoon-shaped bill allows it to sift easily through mud.
  • Can be seen at rivers feeding in groups.

Voice:

  • A low grunting call.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • It is active during the day.
  • It nests in shrubs or trees, often mangroves.
  • Spot them at rivers, feeding in groups.

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