Roseate Spoonbill Preening

Roseate Spoonbill Preening

Juvenile Spoonbills often look dirty even when  they are clean. Their wings are getting darker and the pin feathers on their head and neck that were so cute when they were little are no longer an asset, looks-wise. Birds instinctively start preening early on to keep their feathers in shape for flying. They also hang out in muddy spots, so sometimes the dirt look really is dirt.

Roseate Spoonbill Preening
Roseate Spoonbill Preening

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