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Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Lake Saint Clair, Pinal County

These Roseate Spoonbills were found by Keith Kamper and Doug Jenness and photographed by Keith Kamper on 21 August 2019

Although considered a regular visitor to the state through the 1970's, it has been much rarer and less regular since, probably associated with the decline of waterbird habitat in the Colorado River Delta in nearby Mexico. However, an increase in records in recent years led the ABC to remove this species from the Review List in 2014.

Unmistakable large pink water birds with a spatulate bill. First and second year birds (which differ in the extent of bare facial skin) such as these lack the red shoulders of adults and are paler pink overall. Adult plumage is acquired in the third year.


21 August 2019, photo by Keith Kamper

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Submitted on 01 September 2019

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