Scarlet Ibis

Eudocimus ruber

Ibises have distinctive beaks that reflect their eating habits.  The long, narrow, down-curved beak probes through the mud, finding small creatures that are hidden from view.  To afford greater protection against predators, the scarlet ibis gathers in large breeding colonies and roosts high up in the trees close to water.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 12 yrs
habitatHabitat: Coastal wetlands
dietDiet: Small crayfish, snails and amphibians