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Roseate Spoonbill - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

The Roseate Spoonbill, the official bird of Port Aransas, is a resident breeder and year round bird along the Gulf Coast. The Roseate Spoonbill’s long spoon-shaped bill and bright pink feathers are unique. To feed it sweeps its open bill from side to side in the water to sift up food like small fish, shrimp, and mollusks. Some of the crustaceans it eats feed on algae that give the spoonbill’s feathers their rosy pink color. Roseate Spoonbills are often seen at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas Nature Preserve as well as the Wetland Park along SH 361 when water is present.

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