Zoo Animals

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.

The scarlet ibis is bright scarlet red (sometimes orange-red or deep pink) with black wing tips. Its head, neck and under-parts are often paler. The beak – longer and more curved in males – sometimes becomes blackish to a variable extent, especially during the breeding season. The legs are also pinkish to reddish, with blackish-brown nails.

Fun Facts

  • A young scarlet ibis is able to swim before it can fly.