"White Ibis"
(Eudocimus albus)







Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost
Photograph by
Snow W. Frost








White Ibis are more common in southern Florida. It is large, white, long-legged bird; long, downcurved, reddish bill. During breeding, bill, facial skin, and legs turn bright red.





Size: 25"

Male: All-white bird with a very long, downward-curved orange-to-red bill. Pink facial skin. Leg color matches bill. Black wing tips, seen only in flight.

Female: Same as male, but smaller and with less of a down-curved bill.

Nest: Platform; male and female build; 1 brood per year. Nests in large colonies of thousands. Loose nest of sticks and twigs, placed in tree or shrub, occasionally in low vegetation such as sawgrass and bulrushes.

Eggs: 2-3; greenish white with dark marks.

Incubation: 21-23 days; female and male incubate.

Fledging: 28-35 days; female and male feed young.

Migration: Partial migrator to non-migrator in Florida.

Food: Fish, aquatic insects, frogs, crustaceans. They feed in groups, or alone in shallow fresh or salt water. Brobes the bottom with its bill.

Voice: Mostly quiet. Alarm call is nasal "hunk, hunk, hunk."

Habitat: Salt and freshwater lakes, marshes, swamps, tidal mudflats, shores.

In Flight: Wings show black tips. Flies with neck outstretched. Flocks go to large nocturnal roosts at sunset in long lines or V's. This bird can also soar in circles.





My personal notes...

White Ibis are very beautiful birds, and their bill is quite long, but curved. The eyes are a beautiful "blue". They don't seem to be a too timid bird to photograph...just not too many of them in my location.









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