American White Ibis
22-25 inches in length
Central America, southern U.S.
Mangrove islands and swamps
Wild - Insects, mollusks, crustaceans, and worms
Zoo - Small fish, soaked dog food, flamingo diet
- Long, narrow down-curving beak
- Medium size
- White color
- Nests material brought by male and prepared by female; defended by both
- Beaks used to catch food in water
Not threatened; abundant in some areas; declining in others from loss of habitat and population
"Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia," Vol. 7 Birds 1, Dr. Bernhard Grizmek
"Common Birds of Louisiana," Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.