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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.