Pink spoonbill reportedly spotted in DC area, far from Florida home

A roseate spoonbill chases and snaps at another at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on Wednesday June 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian National Zoological Park got its start in the late 1800's. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washin

Residents in the greater D.C. region are reportedly seeing an exotic visitor these days.

According to the Washington Post, residents in the District, Maryland and Virginia are reporting sightings of the roseate spoonbill – a majestic bird known for its unusual bill, pink coloring and massive wingspan.

READ MORE: Search for elusive snowy owl takes wildlife photographer to Maryland's Assateague Island

In North America, the spoonbill’s primary habitats are in southern Florida, coastal Texas and southwestern Louisiana, according to the Smithsonian.

READ MORE: Stafford County sheriff’s deputy rescues eagle

Georgetown University’s Peter Marra told the Washington Post that such sightings in the mid-Atlantic region are unusual, but not unheard of.

In fact, the Post points out that they were seen as far north as Minnesota in 2018.

Download the FOX 5 DC News App for Local Breaking News and Weather

Sightings in urban D.C., the paper says, are quite rare. The Post suggested that a recent sighting in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens may have been the first of its kind - at least outside of the National Zoo.

You can read more details on the Washington Post’s website.