Scarlet ibis in exhibit

Scarlet Ibis

Scientific Name

Eudocimus ruber

Class

Aves

Order

Ciconiiformes

Range

Northern South America from Venezuela to Brazil

Habitat

Marshes, swamps, lakes, and streams

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Scarlet ibis in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Scarlet ibises were named for their distinctive bright red plumage, which often has orange and pink hues. Males and females differ in size; males are larger and have a longer, curvier bill. These birds use their large beak to locate prey—mostly crayfish, crabs, insects, frogs, and fish—in the water. They have long, thin toes that help them step through water and catch their prey.

Interesting Fact 1

Scarlet ibises live in large colonies that can include thousands of individual birds, which helps protect the flock against predators.

Interesting Fact 2

Males use elaborate preening, head rubbing, and flight displays to attract females, and breeding pairs wrap their necks around one another to cement their courtship.

Interesting Fact 3

They learn to swim shortly after hatching.

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