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Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet ibis

Eudocimus ruber

At the Detroit Zoo
The scarlet ibis can be found inside the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary where more than 20 species of birds are free to fly, walk or swim among the cover of lush tropical plants in a warm and inviting climate.

Scarlet ibises are bright scarlet red (sometimes orange-red or deep pink) with black wing tips. Their heads, necks and under-parts are often paler. The beaks – longer and more curved in males – sometimes becomes blackish to a variable extent, especially during the breeding season. Their legs are also pinkish to reddish, with blackish-brown nails.

Fun Facts

  • Young scarlet ibises are able to swim before they can fly.