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Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber


The Scarlet Ibis lives in mudflats, estuaries, shorelines and shallow bay areas

Diet in the wild

Crustaceans, mollusks, fish, insects, frogs and small snakes

Diet at the Zoo

Meat, fish, insects and grain

Fascinating Facts

  • Live up to 20 years.
  • Males and females guard the nest and help feed the chicks.
  • Curved, slender bill allows them to probe into water, mud or grass for food.
  • Fly in v-formation to decrease wind resistance for trailing birds, similar to the technique of drafting in car racing