American white ibis

Eudocimus albus

American white ibis

Eudocimus albus
Least Concern
Eudocimus albus

Characteristics and Behavior:

The American White Ibis is a medium-sized wading bird that prefers to live in small flocks or colonies. They are predominantly white, but distinctive characteristics include bright orangish-red legs and a long, downward-curved bill that's used to sift through muddy bottoms.  In flight, they display black wingtips and a contrasting black edge on the tail.



Fun Facts:

  1. Social Nesters: American White Ibises are social birds, often nesting in large colonies, where they can be seen building nests close together in trees or shrubs.
  2. Diverse Diet: They are opportunistic feeders, consuming a variety of prey, including aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and even crustaceans, which they capture using their specialized bills.
  3. Color Transformation: During the breeding season, the red facial skin and legs of American White Ibises intensify in color. After the season, the plumage and skin return to their non-breeding colors.

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