The white ibis is a medium-sized wading bird found in swamps, mangroves, and salt marshes of the southern United States, along the coasts of Mexico, Central America, and some regions of northern South America.
The adults have striking white plumage and a patch of bare pink skin on their faces. During the breeding season, this patch of skin, bill, and legs becomes scarlet.
They are highly gregarious, gathering in large flocks to feed on small aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates such as insects, larvae, worms, and even small fish and frogs, by wading and probing the mud or the bottom of shallow water bodies with their curved bills.
White ibises are monogamous, but males often mate with other females later on. They nest colonially with other ibis species and herons. Both parents share nest building, incubating eggs, and feeding the chicks.
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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