White Ibis

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

Weight

26.5 – 37 oz.

Size

21 - 27 in.

Wingspan

Up to 38 in.

Incubation

21 days

Clutch

Avg. 2 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • This social bird feeds, nests, and roosts in huge flocks of up to 80,000 individuals.
  • This wading bird has brilliant white plumage and contrasting black primary feathers.
  • The white ibis has partially webbed feet, which helps it balance whilst 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.
  • Young white ibises are dark brown with a white belly and rump. Their parents feed them by regurgitating food from their stomachs.

 

Conservation

Least Concern
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