Some great photos of the Scarlet Ibis
…Scarlet Ibis photos posted on Flickr.com, and information on this beautifully colored bird.
Source of this information about the Scarlet Ibis:
GBNA – Guide to Birds of North America eField Guide: Scarlet Ibis
- Mangrove swamps, muddy estuaries and tidal mudflats of northern South America. Also freshwater marshes, shallow lakes and sewage ponds. Nests on islands with mangroves. The few North American sightings are probably of escaped birds. Unsuccessfully introduced into south Florida in 1961.
Source of this additional information on the Scarlet Ibis from posts on Wikipedia
The scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is a species of ibis in the bird family Threskiornithidae. It inhabits tropical South America and islands of the Caribbean. In form it resembles most of the other twenty-seven extant species of ibis, but its remarkably brilliant scarlet coloration makes it unmistakable. It is 1 of 2 national birds of Trinidad and Tobago.
This medium-sized wader is a hardy, numerous, and prolific bird, and it has protected status around the world. Its IUCN status is Least Concern. The legitimacy of Eudocimus ruber as a biological classification, however, is in dispute. Traditional Linnaean taxonomy classifies it as a unique species, but an increasing number of scientists have moved to reclassify it as a subspecies of a more general American ibis species, along with its close relative Eudocimus albus.