Audubon Bird of the Week

Scarlet Ibis

Native to South America, Audubon saw 3 ibises while traveling in the Southeastern United States.  In fact, he set the scene for the ibis in Birds of America in the Southeast.

Young ibises are a brownish grey and white, as seen in Audubon’s artwork.  The diet of the ibis is rich in red-hued crustaceans, giving the ibis it’s characteristic color in adulthood.  Interestingly, ibises can swim before they can fly.  It is estimated there are about 100,000 to 150,000 in the wild.

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