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Corocoro roja

Not so red as that this ibis ...

The "corocoro roja", local name for the red ibis, is a species of gregarious bird. Colonies can grow to several thousand individuals. Breeding takes place at the height of the rainy season, from March to July. After a short display, the scarlet ibis builds a rudimentary nest.

Young, the Scarlet Ibis has a black back and a white belly. It is only after 2 years that it turns completely red. The scarlet ibis can hybridize with other species of its genus, such as the white ibis.

  • Un Ibis rouge sur un bout de bois au zoo Le PAL en Auvergne
  • Un Ibis rouge qui mange au zoo Le PAL
  • Deux  Ibis rouge en plein vol au parc animalier Le PAL
  • Un Ibis rouge debout sur un morceau de bois au parc animalier Le PAL en Auvergne

The poaching of the Red Ibis has developed a lot, this bird being highly sought after for its predominantly red feathers with blue-black ends. The scarlet ibis has been protected for several years in some countries, notably in Suriname since 1955.

Two red ibis subspecies are found from Florida to Brazil via the Pacific coast of Central America and the Greater Antilles.

  • Habitat

    Mudflats, coastal lagoons, seafront mangroves

  • Food

    Mudflats, coastal lagoons and seafront mangroves

Its colour is due to the carotenoids (pigments) found in its food, shellfish mainly.
Did you know ?

Its colour is due to the carotenoids (pigments) found in its food, shellfish mainly.

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