Bird: White Ibis (Eudocimus Albus)

Height: 25"

Identification: Adult, non-breeding bird is solid white with a long curved pink bill. Legs are long and pink. Feet and skin around eyes are pink. Eyes are blue. During breeding, the bill, skin around eyes, and legs turn bright scarlet. In flight, wings display dark tips that are hidden while at rest. Ibis often fly in V-shaped flocks. Immatures are brown above and white below with brownish beak and legs. They molt gradually into adult plumage, becoming streaked with brown and white.

Note: Another Ibis, called the Scarlet Ibis, is bright pink and is common in South America. The occasional bird reported in Florida is probably a non-native refugee from the zoo.

Voice: A trombone-like "unh" and a guttural "wahnk", other grunts. Audio is available at eNature.com.

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Feeding: Wades or walks on land while probing with beak. Eats crabs and crayfish as well as insects and small amphibians.

Behavior at Wakodahatchee: The Ibis is a commuting bird. Every morning and evening, Ibis travel from feeding territories to large communal roosts. They travel in long lines or V-shaped formations and are easily identified by their black wing tips. They fly with necks outstretched. Ibis often feed or rest in groups along or on the berms at the edges of the marshes or ponds. When an Ibis finds a large piece of food, other Ibis may make half-hearted attempts to steal it, but the effort is rarely heated enough to be successful.

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Click here for more information on The White Ibis from eNature.com

            
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