Scarlet Ibis


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This bright red Ibis is is native to South America and Cuba but is occasionally seen in South Florida. Some people say it was introduced to Florida or is a result of escaped captive birds.  Whatever the reason for occasionally being spotted in South Florida, it is unmistakable because of it’s bright scarlet feathers.  They sometimes breed with the common White Ibis producing offspring that are varying shades of pink.  Like the Flamingo, they get their beautiful red color  from the pigment in the crustaceans which make up most of their diet.

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