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Scarlet ibis chicks are not born red. They have a brown plumage that does not change colour until after moulting in their second year. Groups of 30–70 ibis forage together. The male scarlet ibis are usually larger with a longer bill.

Characteristics

ClassificationOrder: storks and relatives; family: ibis and spoonbill
DietPredominantly crustaceans, but also snails, molluscs, worms and small fish
HabitatCoastal mangroves and islands
Reproduction1–3 eggs; incubation: 21–23 days; breeding in colonies

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.