Pop Quiz: Bird Bills!

Roseate spoonbill

Mystery Bill #1

Although this species is usually found in the U.S. only from South Texas to South Florida, most birders recognize it because of its enormous and distinctive bill. Hint: Another distinguishing feature of this bird is its color.

Answer: Roseate spoonbill. In addition to its uniquely shaped bill, adult roseate spoonbills are pink-ranging from pale to hot-over much of their body. It’s hard to mistake this bird for anything else.

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