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Ibis scarlet
Ibis scarlet
The real pearl of the bird’s world of the mangrove swamps of South America.
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Stork-like animals
Family: Ibises
Genus: Scarlet ibises
Species: Red Ibis
General Settings
  • They live in the north and south America from Venezuela to the mouth of the Amazon in Brazil, as well as on the island of Trinidad.
  • Length – up to 70 cm.
  • Weight – 500 g.
  • The diet includes insects, small fish, crabs, shellfish, and shrimps.
  • Life expectancy – up to 20 years.

The bright fiery color of this bird is due to shrimps and crabs, which are rich in red pigment (carotene).


Social behavior


The ibis is a gregarious bird. Often groups number several hundred individuals. During the nesting between the two neighbours have a dispute over territory. Ibises prefer areas with coastal swamps and muddy river mouths, where they find a variety of food.


Reproduction


There are 3-5 eggs in the clutch, which are incubated only by the female. The incubation period is about 3 weeks. But both parents are engaged in feeding the offspring. Chicks are born with gray or brown plumage. The plumage becomes red in the second year of life.


Species and people


The number of red ibises is decreasing. The reason is the man and his interest not only in bright plumage, but also in meat. Although the meat of ibises is quite tough, fat and has a specific smell.


Interesting Facts


The ibis is depicted on the coat of arms of the State of Trinidad and Tobago. Here the population of the ibis is completely restored.

During the mating season, the brownish-red beak of the ibis turns black.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex