Habitat: Mud flats, estuaries, shorelines, and shallow bays
Weight: 1.4 lbs
Average Lifespan: 20 years
Incubation Period: 19-23 days
Number of Young: 3-5
- As with flamingos, the brilliant red color of the scarlet ibis comes from carotene found in the crustaceans on which they eat.
- Ibis are rather quiet, only grunting or croaking on breeding grounds.
- Ibis are an ancient species with fossil records going back 60 million years.
- The scarlet ibis is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.