The collective noun for spoonbills is bowl. Next time you see one on the tour ask one of the other guests, “Have you ever seen a bowl of Roseate Spoonbills?” You might get a good laugh or look of confusion!
There are six species of spoonbill in the world; the Roseate Spoonbill is the only one with pink plumage. The Roseate Spoonbill is also the only spoonbill species found in the Americas. Another interesting fact is that the beaks of chick spoonbills are straight; the spoon-shape grows as the chick develops. The oldest wild Roseate Spoonbill was discovered in the Florida Keys in 2006. The bird had been banded in 1990, and was an amazing 16 years old. The previous known longevity record for the species was seven years. Roseate Spoonbills are highly social. They feed with each other and with other wading birds. They also nest in colonies with other wading birds such as Snowy Egrets and Tri Colored Herons and fly in flocks. They typically have 3-4 chicks in a year and nests are usually in mangrove trees close to or over the water.
Next time your visiting Southwest Florida, call and book a tour with Treasure Seekers Shell Tours and keep your eyes open for this elusive and majestic bird!