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Scarlet Ibis

Eudocimus ruber

There are around 26 species of ibis, all with the recognisable long curved bill. The scarlet ibis can be recognised by their striking colour, which can vary from red to pink depending on individuals, season and food.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 55 - 68cm
Weight: 775 - 925g

habitat

Habitat

They are found in coastal swamps, estuaries and rice fields. They travel and breed in large flocks.

diet

Diet

Their long, curved beak serves as a probe to find worms and crustaceans in mud. Their toes are widespread to give them balance as they wade.

behaviour

Breeding

They often nest on mangrove islands. The male collects materials for the nest while the female builds it. Round 2 to 4 eggs are incubated for 21 days and both parents care for their young.

threat

Conservation

Scarlet ibis are not classed as endangered as they have a large, stable population, found over a large range.

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