Of all the world's spoonbills, only one, the roseate spoonbill, is found in the Western Hemisphere. It is the only pink-colored spoonbill and the only pink colored wading bird in the United States. Roseate spoonbills are 30 to 35 inches long with a wingspan to 52 inches and are 3.5 to 3.75 pounds in weight. The roseate color tends to fade or disappear when this bird is in captivity, even when its normal diet is sustained. Doses of carotene in the diet help to restore color, however. Identical plumage adorns both sexes.
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