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Scarlet Ibis

Eudocimus ruber

Range

  • North coast ofSouth America and islands of the Caribbean

Habitat

  • Wetlands

Diet

  • Crabs
  • Small fish
  • Mollusks
  • Frogs
  • Worms
  • Insects

Their long, thin bills are useful for digging through mud and plants to find food.

Communal birds, they stick close together for protection and even build their nests close to one another. Juveniles are a dull gray-brown until they mature into their signature plumage. Like flamingos, their coloration comes from their food.

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