white ibis

White Ibis

Eudocimus albus

CLASS Aves | ORDER Ciconiiformes | FAMILY Threskiornithidae

RANGE Southeastern United States, south to Colombia and Venezuela; Caribbean

HABITAT Marshes, mangrove lagoons, lakes, and estuaries

DIET Crustaceans, fish, frogs, small snakes, slugs, snails, and aquatic insects

26.5 – 37 oz

21 - 27 in

Up to 38 in

21 days

Avg. 2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status
Least Concern
white ibis

The white ibis has brilliant white plumage and contrasting black primary feathers. This wading bird has partially webbed feet, which helps it balance while walking on muddy ground. Its long, curved bill is highly sensitive to movement and allows the white ibis to find prey submerged in water or burrowed into soft mud.

These birds feed, nest, and roost in huge flocks of up to 80,000 individuals.

white ibis

Young white ibises are dark brown with a white belly and rump. Their parents feed them by regurgitating food from their stomachs.