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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)


Animal Facts

As with flamingos, the species' brilliant color is 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. Although, they are known to display terrorial behaviors, they have been observed to live mutualistically with other aquatic birds. Both parents cooperate in nest building and in caring for the young. 



The bright color of these birds is from the pigment in bodies of their diet



Distributional range