The scarlet ibis, residing in the wetlands and marshy habitats of South America and the Caribbean, can be easily recognized by its signature scarlet plumage all over its body. However, the juveniles have dull coloration.
They are a highly social species, forming large colonies of thousands to feed and protect the young. Parents will fly great distances to recover freshwater prey, as it appears to be essential in the diets of fledglings. Their long thin bills are well suited to foraging in the mud for insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
Despite their large global population, their numbers are on a declining trend. The main threats are habitat destruction, hunting, and pesticides.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No