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White ibis

White ibis

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Scientific Name:

Eudocimus albus


Distribution

Southern N America, C America and northern S America.


Diet:

Omnivore. Mainly crustaceans, also fish, frogs, snails, slugs, insects and their larvae, small snakes.


Facts

Habitat: Salt, brackish or freshwater wetlands, mangroves, swamp forests.


Incubation: 21-23 days / 2-3 eggs


Social structure: large colonies of 500 to 15,000 birds


Weight: male 810–1261g, female 593–901g


Dimensions: 56-71cm


Lifespan: 16


Estimated population in the wild: Unknown. Stable.


Threats: There are no major threats to this species.


IUCN Status: Least concern


Did you know that:
Whilst foraging in shallow, sparsely vegetated water, the white ibis uses its long, sensitive bill to search for prey by touch rather than by sight.




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