WHITE IBIS

WHITE IBIS(Endocimus albus)

The White ibis (also called American white ibis to differentiate it from the Australian white ibis) is a wading bird with a long, thin and down-curved bill, and long legs. It measures around 65 cm (25 in.) long. The plumage is white (‘albus’ means ‘white’) except for the wing tips, which are black. The bill is red-orange, as well as the featherless facial skin and the legs. The male is larger than the female.

The bill shape is specialized for a specific type of prey, insects and crustaceans, especially crayfish (which may cause them a problem with crayfish farm fishermen, who might shoot them). White ibises breed in colonies near bodies of water. This species is found along the coast of southeast USA, Mexico and the Caribbean, and Central America. It does not really migrate per see, but outside the breeding season it can wander far from its normal range.

This is how it was observed on PEI, as accidental occurrences.

White ibis & black-bellied whistling ducks - Rockport Country Club, TX - Feb. 17, 2017 - by Jodi Arsenault
White ibis & black-bellied whistling ducks – Rockport Country Club, TX – Feb. 17, 2017 – by Jodi Arsenault

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