Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
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Order: Ciconiiformes (disputed)
Species: E. ruber
Binomial name: Eudocimus ruber
The Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is a species of ibis that inhabits tropical South America and also Trinidad and Tobago. It is the national bird of Trinidad and is featured on the Trinidad and Tobago coat of arms along with Tobago's national bird, the Rufous-vented Chachalaca.
Adults are 56–61 cm long and weigh 650g. They are completely scarlet, except for black wing-tips. They nest in trees, laying two to four eggs. Their diet is fish, frogs, reptiles and crustaceans. A juvenile Scarlet Ibis is grey and white; as it grows the ingestion of red crabs in the tropical swamps gradually produces the characteristic scarlet plumage.
The life span of Scarlet Ibis is approximately 15 years in the wild and 20 years in captivity.
This species is very closely related to the American White Ibis and is sometimes considered conspecific with it.
While the species may have occurred as a natural vagrant in southern Florida in the late 1800s, all recent reports of the species in North America have been of introduced or escaped birds. Eggs from Trinidad were placed in White Ibis nests in Hialeah Park in 1962, and the resulting population hybridised with the native ibis, producing "pink ibises" that are still occasionally seen.
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- [2010-09-22 6:35]
Rood, groen en zwart vormen altijd prachtige kleurcontrasten. Zo ook in deze foto van de Rode Ibis. Goede scherpte, details en compositie.
- [2010-09-22 10:59]
Hi Thijs,in the zoo is too easy,but the quality of this portrait need a great standing ovation.What a colors,sharpness and composition,very very well done and a beautiful specie too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO
Amazing portrait with lovely details, clarity and good focus.
Excellent composition, background and POV. Fantastic colours.
Very attractive shot of scarlet ibis. Great contrasts and quality. Eyecatching capture!