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American White Ibis

The American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus), is a species of ibis in the Threskiornithidae family. It occurs from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States south through most of the New World tropics. Its habitat is marshy wetlands and pools near the coast. It also common in some city parks and on mowed grasses.

Adults are 25 inches long with a 37.5 inch wingspan. They have all-white plumage except for black wingtips (visible in flight) and reddish bills and legs. The red bill blends into the face of breeding birds; non-breeding birds show a pink to red face. The beak is long and down-curved. Juveniles are largely brown with duller bare parts.

It builds a stick nest in trees, bushes, or over water, and 2 to 5 eggs are typically laid. White ibises are monogamous and colonial, usually nesting in mixed colonies with other wading species. It feeds by probing with its long, down-curved beak. Its diet consists of various fish, frogs and other water creatures, and insects.

Like the other species of ibis, the White Ibis flies with neck and legs outstretched, often in long, loose lines.

The song of the male is an advertising hunk-hunk-hunk-hunk. The female squeals. When feeding, the birds often give a soft, grunting croo, croo, croo as they forage.

American White Ibis


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