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About the Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis is a species of ibis that lives in tropical South America and is completely scarlet-colored, except for black wing-tips. It is very closely related to the White Ibis; sometimes the two species hybridize, resulting in pink offspring.

Scarlet Ibises nest in trees and lay two to four eggs per breeding season. A juvenile Scarlet Ibis is grey and white and gradually develops its scarlet plumage after eating red crabs.

The Scarlet Ibis has a fairly large natural range, and a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 15 July 2009
Scientific Name Eudocimus ruber
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Eudocimus
  • E. ruber
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
21.5 to 27.5 inches
36 to 38 inches
20.8 ounces
Range South America

International Names

  • Guará (Brazilian)
  • 美洲红鹮 (Chinese)
  • Ibis Rudý (Czech)
  • Rød Ibis (Danish)
  • Rode Ibis (Dutch)
  • Rubiini-iibis (Finnish)
  • Ibis Rouge (French)
  • Scharlachsichler (German)
  • Ibis Scrlatto (Italian)
  • ショウジョウトキ (Shoujoutok) (Japanese)
  • Rødibis (Norwegian)
  • Ibis Szkarlatny (Polish)
  • Ибис красный или алый (Russian)
  • Corocoro Rojo (Spanish)
  • Röd ibis (Swedish)

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