Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is a strikingly colored bird known for its vibrant red plumage, which stands out in its native habitats of wetlands and other water-rich environments.



Scarlet Ibises inhabit a variety of wetland environments including mangroves, marshes, and estuaries. They are highly dependent on these water-rich ecosystems for feeding and nesting.


Adults can reach a length of about 55 to 63 centimeters (22 to 25 inches) and have a wingspan of approximately 54 centimeters (21 inches).


The Scarlet Ibis nests in trees, laying 2 to 4 eggs. Both parents share the responsibility of incubating the eggs and feeding the young.


They are gregarious birds that feed and nest in large colonies, which can sometimes include thousands of individuals.


Their diet primarily consists of crustaceans, small fish, insects, and frogs. The high carotenoid content in the crustaceans they eat contributes to their distinctive red coloration. Younger birds are a duller color as it takes some time for their diet to influence their plumage.


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