American White Ibis
Eudocimus albus

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Ciconiiformes
FAMILY: Threskiornithidae

SIZE:
22-25 inches in length

RANGE:
Central America, southern U.S.

HABITAT:
Mangrove islands and swamps

DIET:
Wild - Insects, mollusks, crustaceans, and worms
Zoo - Small fish, soaked dog food, flamingo diet

DESCRIPTION:

  • Long, narrow down-curving beak
  • Medium size
  • White color

FACTS:

  • Nests material brought by male and prepared by female; defended by both
  • Beaks used to catch food in water

STATUS:
Not threatened; abundant in some areas; declining in others from loss of habitat and population

REFERENCE:
"Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia," Vol. 7 Birds 1, Dr. Bernhard Grizmek
"Common Birds of Louisiana," Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.