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Scarlet Ibis

We have a small flock of scarlet ibis

Location in the Zoo

They share an enclosure with our Chilean flamingos.

In the Wild

The scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is found in South America ranging from Trinidad and Tobago, down through Venezuela to Brazil, living in fresh and salt water marshes and swamps.  The scarlet ibis is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.

The scarlet ibis is so named due to their bright colour which is produced by the shellfish they eat.  Both sexes look the same although males are larger.  They have a long curved bill which not only aids them while hunting for food in the water, but also allows them to clean and smooth their feathers.  Long legs allow them to wade through marshes and swamps easily.  They are both strong fliers and swimmers.

Their main source of food is found in the water where they hunt crabs, fish, insects and prawns. However they will also eat fruit and seeds.

Scarlet ibis live together in large flocks, nesting in trees together at night.  During the breeding season the male will put on a display to attract a female, once paired the two will mate for life.  

These ibis are at risk not only from habitat loss but also poisoning from insecticides which also affects their food source.


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Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Least Concern

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Population is decreasing, IUCN May 2012


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