The Roseate Spoonbill is 80 cm tall, with a 130 cm wingspan. It has long legs, a long neck, and a long, spatulate bill. Adults have a bare greenish head and a white neck, back, and breast (with a tuft of pink feathers in the center when breeding), and are otherwise a deep pink. The bill is grey.
Unlike herons, spoonbills fly with their necks outstretched. They alternate groups of stiff, shallow wing-beats with glides