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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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 July 2009
Scientific Name
Eudocimus ruber
  • Ciconiiformes
  • Threskiornithidae
  • Eudocimus
  • E. ruber
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
21.5 to 27.5 inches
36 to 38 inches
20.8 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Guará
Chinese (汉语) 美洲红鹮
Czech (Cesky) Ibis Rudý
Danish (Dansk) Rød Ibis
Dutch (Nederlands) Rode Ibis
Finnish (Suomi) Rubiini-iibis
French (Français) Ibis Rouge
German (Deutsch) Scharlachsichler
Italian (Italiano) Ibis Scrlatto
Japanese (日本語) ショウジョウトキ (Shoujoutok)
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødibis
Polish (Polski) Ibis Szkarlatny
Russian (русский язык) Ибис красный или алый
Spanish (Español) Corocoro Rojo
Swedish (Svenska) Röd ibis
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