Scarlet ibis




Ciconiiformes > Plataleinae

Rainforests, wetlands,

savannas, and lakes

Berries, insects, frogs,

crustaceans, fish, etc.

The red plumage of the scarlet ibis

becomes more vibrant with age.

Their feathers are red because of a pigment called astaxin,

which comes from the crustaceans they eat.

Newborn birds are hairless, gradually turning brown

and then red like their parents as they grow older.

Their bill is long, thin, and curved downward.

They use it to find food by poking it into soft mud or shallow water.