Roseate spoonbills are recognisable mostly-pink spoonbills. Their heads are featherless and greenish, and they have white necks, backs and chests, but otherwise they are pink or pinkish-red. They may appear more pink in breeding season. Like flamingos, this feather colour comes from their food. Spoonbills all have straight beaks that have rounded ends, giving the appearance of a spoon, which inspired their names. The roseate spoonbill is a social bird that nests in colonies. They are usually found in small flocks of their own species, but are often nearby other bird species. They are wading birds that move through shallow water, sweeping their beaks side to side in the mud to sift through it and find food items.