The ibis is a long legged wadding bird. There are 28 living species of ibises. These birds are found in forests, wetland and plains. Their name was derived from the ancient Greek and Latin. This is one of the birds that start with letter i. Here I  am writing about the Scarlet Ibis. Below are the fast facts.

  • Type: bird
  • Scientific name: Threskiornithinae
  • Common Name: Ibis
  • Higher Classification: Threskiornithidae
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Weight: around 1.4 kg
  • Height: 22 – 25 inches
  • Top Speed: 25 mph
  • Average wing span: around 21 inches
  • Average number of eggs laid: 3 – 5
  • Gestation Period: 5 – 6 days
  • Incubation Period: 19 – 23 days
  • Average life span: 15 years in wild; 20 years in captivity
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Preys: Insects, Fish, Shrimp, Scarabs
  • Predators: Raccoons, Snakes, Large Cats
  • Habitat: Wetland, Rainforest, Swamps
  • Distribution: South America and Caribbean Islands


They are the only shorebirds in the world that have red coloration. They have long curved bills, normally red but sometimes blackish. Their neck and legs are also long. They spend most of their time on foot but they are also good flyers and easily can fly for long distances. Males are slightly larger than females. Their breeding season starts in mid September. Females lay eggs in three waves; the first wave in November, the second wave in December and the third wave in January. They build their nests on trees to protect their eggs and chicks form predators. The plumage of juvenile is a mix of white, grey, brown and it takes about two years to get the scarlet coloration.

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