Roseate spoonbill

Roze lepelaar

Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

The Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) is a spoonbill from the family of ibises and spoonbills (Threskiornithidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Roze lepelaar
English name:
Roseate spoonbill
German name:
French name:
Spatule rosée
Scientific name:
Platalea ajaja

Scientific classification




Male and Female:
Roseate Spoonbills are pale pink birds with brighter pink shoulders and rump. They have a white neck and a partially feathered, yellowish green head from which their red eyes shine. The long bill that is flattened into a spoon at the end protrudes from their small head. 

Are paler pink and have a completely feathered head for 3 years until they attain adult breeding plumage.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Roseate spoonbill measures approximately 71–86 centimeters. The female measures approximately 71–86 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 1200-1800 gram. The female will weight about 1200-1800 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!
The female Roseate spoonbill usually lays from 2-5 white, spotted with brown eggs and incubates them for 22-24 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended closed leg band ring size for the Roseate spoonbill is 14 mm.
The leg band ring can only be applied on a young spoonbill at around 14-16 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it's good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
Maintenance food:
Lundi Ibis See-Ente special
Lundi Ibis See-Ente special
Lundi Ibis See-Ente special
Lundi Ibis See-Ente special

Floating special complete food for sea birds with the highest nutritional requirements thanks to a particularly high protein content of 45%.

Ideal for daily feeding in animals that eat a lot of protein in their natural habitat. A must for "fish eaters".

No information about regulation available

Photos of the Roseate spoonbill