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Scarlet Ibis - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by rka
Brickfield, Trinidad, April 2004
Eudocimus ruber


Photo © by rka
Caroni Swamp, Trinidad, October 2018

56-71 cm (22-28 in)

  • Scarlet plumage
  • Black wing-tips
  • Long curved bill


  • Greyish-white with gradual change to scarlet


South America and Trinidad and Tobago.

Introduced/escaped birds are occasionally seen in Florida and possibly elsewhere.


This is a monotypic species1.


Photo © by gaviao-real
Ilha de Marajó, Brazil, July 2007

Mangrove swamps, lagoons and coastal mudflats.



The stick nest is built by both adults. The clutch consists of 2-4 dull green, brown streaked eggs which are incubated for 23 days.


The diet includes crustaceans and similar small marine animals.

In Culture

National bird of Trinidad.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations

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