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Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

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Scientific Name:

Eudocimus ruber


Northern S America from Venezuela to E Brazil


Omnivore. Mainly crustaceans, also molluscs including snails and bivalves, insects, small fish, ragworms.


Habitat: Wetlands such as mangrove swamps, tidal mudflats, shallow lakes, and rice fields.

Incubation: 21-23 days / 1-3 eggs

Social structure: Large colonies of 50 to 5,000 birds

Weight: ~615g

Dimensions: 56-76cm 

Lifespan: 16

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown. Decreasing.

Threats: There are no major threats for this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. Their brilliant red color comes from carotene found in the crustaceans on which it feeds.
  2. Their curved, slender bill is used to probe into shallow water, mud or grass when foraging.

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