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Scarlet Ibis
Eudocimus ruber

Habitat: estuaries, mudflats, lagoons, shallow bays, marshes, swamps, mangrove forests

Range: Central America and Northern South America

Natural Diet: insects, fish, meat, seeds, fruits, crustaceans, mollusks

Status In The Wild: Common (Least Concern)

 

Fun Animal Facts

As with flamingos, the species' brilliant color comes from pigment in the bodies of crustaceans on which it feeds. The color of its strikingly bright plumage becomes more intense as the scarlet ibis gets older. Chicks are primarily brown in color, slowly changing to the adult red by their second year. The ibis' long curved beak is used to probe for food in the mud and shallow water, guided mostly by touch. Scarlet ibis congregate in large numbers, particularly when resting. Both parents cooperate in nest building and in caring for the young. 

 

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Micke Grove Zoo houses three of these brightly colored birds

 

Distributional range