Scarlet ibis

/Scarlet ibis

Scarlet ibises are a distinctive red ibis native to South America. They are brown as juveniles, but as they grow they develop red patches until they are entirely red, except for a couple of black wing tip feathers, and mature. They have reddish feet and bills, though some may have blackish bills. They are social and are found in large flocks. Care of young and feeding is done communially. Members of the same flock will always stay close to each other, even when nesting. A pair will make their nest close to others nesting in the same tree. They are also comfortable flocking with other species such as spoonbills so they have added protection from predators.