up to 25 yrs.
Crabs, Mollusks, Small Fishes, Invertebrates & Car
Coastal regions of South America from Venezula to Brazil & Trinidad
Coastal mangrove swamps, marshy areas, mudflats & estuaries. Protected nesting sites were established during the 1940’s.
The Scarlet Ibis uses a sense of touch more than sight to find food. This brightly colored bird has webbed toes and a long, curved beak to probe into mud for food. They will often fly in large flocks to find food.
The Scarlet Ibis nests in trees and lays a clutch of 2-4 eggs. The young Scarlet Ibis is grey or white, but as it grows and increases consumption of red crabs, its feathers take on the pink color. Young have a 50% mortality rate.
Many of the marshy areas that spoonbills used for hunting and breeding have been drained for mosquito control and real estate development.
ANIMAL FUN FACT!
Ancient Egyptians worshiped and mummified Old World Ibis species.