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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.

scarlet ibis side profile

Did You Know?

To afford greater protection against predators, the scarlet ibis gathers in large breeding colonies and roosts high up in the trees close to water.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Eudocimus ruber

Northern South America

Coastal wetlands

12 years

Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Small crayfish, snails and amphibians