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Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber


The Scarlet Ibis, as both its common and scientific names imply, is a brilliant scarlet red over its whole body, the only non-scarlet regions restricted to the distal third of the outer four primaries, the eye, and the bill, which are black. The Scarlet Ibis forms a superspecies with the White Ibis and there have been recent proposals to merge the two species based on ecological similarities and frequent hybridization where their ranges overlap in Venezuela. The Scarlet Ibis is restricted to the northern third of South America where it occupies a number of aquatic habitats, ranging from mangrove swamps, tidal mudflats, shallow lakes, and anthropogenic wetlands where they feed mainly on crustaceans. It is often very common and can been seen in large foraging flocks with herons, spoonbills and othere species of ibis.

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Recommended Citation

Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: