Is it the luminous pale pink plumage with red highlights or the
long bill with the spoon shaped tip that so enchants those lucky
enough to view this long-legged wader that is a member of the ibis
The spatulate bill of this species has an important function. It
has sensitive nerve endings that help the spoonbill detect prey. As
it sweeps the bill from side to side through shallow water, the
spoonbill encounters small fish, shrimp, crayfish, fiddler crabs
and aquatic insects, which it snaps up and swallows.