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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.
|Classification||Order: storks and relatives; family: ibis and spoonbill|
|Diet||Predominantly crustaceans, but also snails, molluscs, worms and small fish|
|Habitat||Coastal mangroves and islands|
|Reproduction||1–3 eggs; incubation: 21–23 days; breeding in colonies|