Scarlet ibises were named after their distinctive bright red plumage, which often has orange and pink hues. Males are larger than females and have a longer curved bill. Their large beak and long, thin partially webbed toes allow them to locate crayfish, crabs, frogs, fish and insects in water. As with flamingos, the brilliant red color of the bird comes from pigments in the bodies of crustaceans on which it preys on.
Scarlet ibises live, feed and nest in large groups that can include thousands of individual birds, which helps protect the flock against predators. Both parents participate in nest building as well as caring for the young. Baby ibis are born featherless and then slowly turn from grey to red as they age.
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