roseate spoonbill


: a spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) that is found from the southern U.S. to Patagonia and has chiefly pink plumage

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Recent Examples on the Web Scout for alligators, manatees and roseate spoonbills while driving along the Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, popular with birders. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Feb. 2024 Away from Florida, roseate spoonbills are considered rare anywhere in North Carolina and especially so at inland locations. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Over the summer, a roseate spoonbill landed near Green Bay, Wisconsin, which was the first time anyone had seen the species alive in the state. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Dec. 2023 Observations indicate a dead roseate spoonbill was spotted in Rock County in 1845 — 178 years ago. Jeff Bollier, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 This unusual occurrence marks the first time anyone has reported seeing a living roseate spoonbill in Wisconsin. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2023 Less rain also concentrates wildlife at watering holes, boosting your odds of spotting the Everglades’ iconic alligators and wading birds like the bright-pink roseate spoonbill. Sarah L. Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 19 Oct. 2023 In late July, a roseate spoonbill spent some time in the northeastern part of the state near Green Bay. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2023 After being almost exterminated by plume hunters in the late 1800s, roseate spoonbills have made a remarkable (though incomplete) comeback. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roseate spoonbill was circa 1785

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“Roseate spoonbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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