Bird

Scarlet Ibis

Area: 
South America
Habitat: 
Coastal mud flats, shorelines, estuaries, and shallow bays
Food: 
Crustaceans, insects, mollusks, tadpoles, and small fish
Size: 
About 30 inches tall
Babies: 
Chicks are grayish white when they hatch.
The scarlet ibis is the national bird of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago
Digging In to Eat

 

What a long bill this birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. has—the better to eat with!  A hungry scarlet ibis pokes its long bill into squishy mud along shorelines, feeling for food. When it finds preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food., it quickly snaps the creature up and swallows it. Most of the animals a scarlet ibis eats contain a pigment that give the birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. its bright red-orange color.

 

A scarlet ibis’s long legs let it wade in the water without getting much of its body wet. That is important, because wet skin loses body heat. Staying warm is important, too, even for tropical birds like these. When scarlet ibises need to rest, they fly to nearby trees and perch there. They also build their nests in the branches of trees to help keep their eggs and chicks safe from most predators.