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9 threatened animals of the Southeast

roseate spoonbill

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast

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Roseate spoonbill

The Audubon Society calls the roseate spoonbill “the canary in the coal mine" because it's seen as an indicator species by which the health of Florida Bay and the greater Everglades can be judged.

 

Often mistaken for a pink flamingo, Ajaia ajaja can grow to a length of 34 inches and can achieve a wingspan of more than 4 feet. While not yet endangered, the bird has a status of “species of special concern” because its wetland habitat has been threatened by human encroachment. As many as 880 nesting pairs are believed to be living in Florida.