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Scarlet Ibis

Zoo Location: Wetland
Scarlet Ibis
Habitat

Tropical and subtropical regions and rainforests.

Wild Diet

Small aquatic animals, fish, insects, molluscs and crustaceans.

Behaviour

This bird is bright red in colour and has a long neck with a long, slender, downward curving beak. It nests in colonies in trees. Both sexes are bright red in colour, with males slightly larger than females.

Breeding

The female ibis lays two or three dull green and brown eggs.  After around 23 days of incubation, the young are able to leave the nest.
The young are first featherless, and then a dark brownish colour, which slowly changes to bright red  as they age.

Threats

Habitat destruction, human disturbance and hunting for their feathers.

Conservation

A sanctuary has been created in Trinidad where the birds are now becoming numerous.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Eudocimus ruber
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Ciconiiformes
  • Family: Threskiornithidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern