Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis
Eudocimus ruber


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Threskiornithidae

Range

Northern South America from Venezuela to Brazil


Habitat

Fresh and salt water estuaries, marshes, swamps, lakes and streams


Diet

Crabs, mollusks, small fish, frogs, insects, shrimp and other crustaceans, small snakes

Weight

2 lbs

Size

25 in.

Wingspan

38 in.

Incubation

19 - 23 days

Clutch

3 – 5 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • It gets its stunning pink, orange, and reddish color from the source of pigments in the algae and small crustaceans that it eats.
  • Scarlet ibis flock in large numbers for protection to feed during the day and roost at night.
  • The scarlet ibis lives in large colonies that can include thousands of individual birds.
  • The scarlet ibis' long, thin toes enable it to step easily through the water.
  • They gather in colonies of several hundred at breeding time, making nests in dense brush or on mangrove covered islands loosely packing twigs in treetops overlooking water.

 

Conservation

While not threatened, they are hunted for their feathers. Loss of habitat for foraging, nesting and feeding as well as pollution have created problems.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
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Alexandria, LA 71301
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