Scarlet Ibis

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.

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